Valleau, VanDeven & Massie
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We Stopped the Pacifier and Look!

Stopping the pacifier can be challenging! We are here to help guide you through the process. 


Here are photos just two weeks apart from one of our patients who is almost 3 years old. As you can see, her teeth are drifting closer together. We will update you with future pictures. Good progress! 


From the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry: Nonnutritive oral habits (eg, digital and pacifier habits, bruxism, abnormal tongue thrusts) may apply forces to teeth and dentoalveolar structures. Although early use of pacifiers and digit sucking are considered normal, habits of sufficient frequency, intensity, and duration can contribute to deleterious changes in occlusion and facial development. It is important to discuss the need for early pacifier and digit sucking, then the need to wean from the habits before malocclusion or skeletal dysplasias occur. Early dental visits provide an opportunity to encourage parents to help their children stop sucking habits by age three years or younger. 


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