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

March 22, 2016
Posted By: VV&M

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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To all of our patients and families:

It is with much anticipation and excitement that our re-opening date for routine dental care will be Monday, June 1st! On behalf of everyone at Valleau, Vandeven, and Massie Dentistry for Children, we thank you for being a part of our family and for your continued support and patience.

We will be in touch shortly to reschedule appointments cancelled from March-May. If your child has an appointment on June 1st or after, you will be receiving a call to confirm that appointment. For all patients coming in this summer, you will be receiving a letter that explains the many changes made at our office to keep everyone safe and healthy. Visit our safety info page here for more info. 

Words cannot express how much we have missed all of you. Thank you for being on this journey with us and trusting us to care for your children.

See you soon, friends!