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Doctor insights on: How The Palate Grows With A Pacifier Used

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My child is barely 2. He only gets a pacifier at nap/bed time for past yr. Will it harm his teeth or palate development if he has it another year?

My child is barely 2. He only gets a pacifier at nap/bed time for past yr. Will it harm his teeth or palate development if he has it another year?

Deciduous Teeth: Limited to nap and bedtime as a "sleep transitioner" to help soothe him to sleep - not at all. Children usually spit these out after some time asleep anyways. If the habit extends beyond bedtime and into later years, then yes indeed it can affect eruption patterns and lead to flaring of teeth. A pedodontist would be the best to confirm this for you. ...Read more

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Palate (Definition)

The palate is the anatomical description of the roof of the mouth. It separated into two parts: the hard palate (more forward) and the soft palate (which is closer to the throat), it separates the mouth ...Read more


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What tool is used to crank a palate widener?

Palatal expander: Either a fixed (cemented) appliance or a removal one are orthodontic devises used to widen the palatal arch. A key is typically used to turn the expansion screws to the desired width. ...Read more

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Can palate expanders be used on adults? Would they be effective and safe?

See expert: Palatal expansion for adults, with fused sutures, almost invariably requires both a fixed orthopedic expander and jaw surgery. Procedure called SARPE, Surgically Assisted Rapid Palatal Expansion, and requires collaboration between an Orthodontic Specialist and an Oral Surgeon. Success rate approaches 100%. ...Read more

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New born babies to Sooth used pacifier ?

NO: Do not give a used pacifier to a newborn. It carries a risk of introducing bacteria and fungal elements to an immature immune system. Most hospitals will give you a bew pacifier if you must have one. Or you could let your baby nurse to soothe. ...Read more

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What is a high palate?

Arch in mouth roof: Imagine the roof of your mouth as an arch, higher in the middle than at the edges. A high palate arches up more than a lower palate allowing for more room to house your resting tongue. ...Read more

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Why my palate is itchy ?

Why my palate is itchy ?

Itchy palate?: What did you put in your mouth last? It could be an allergic response, a fungal or a viral infection just to name a few possibilities. Do you have any other symptoms? It’s best to see your dentist or primary care physician if it continues and depending upon your best guess for cause. ...Read more

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Can pacifier use be bad?

Can pacifier use be bad?

Try Ortho Pro: In recent years, pediatric medical discussion on the use of pacifiers has focused on the ability of non-nutritive sucking (nns) to seemingly have the ability to reduce sudden infant death syndrome (sids). From a dental viewpoint, the use of pacifiers is recommended with caution as it can cause several changes in the way a child's teeth relate. Playtex ortho-pro has shown little orthodontic change. ...Read more

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What is a vaulted palate?

Roof of mouth: Vaulted palate is an anatomical description for a high arch in the roof of the mouth. Severe cases diagnosed in children have been associated with a multitude of future problems ranging from crowded teeth to problems with speech, chewing and even sleep apnea. If you suspect an issue, consult with your dentist and find out! ...Read more

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What does a high palate mean?

What does a high palate mean?

Normal or syndrome: A high arched palate may be a normal anatomic variant or possibly related to one of 242 syndromes that have this associated with them. These include marfans, turners, and pierre-robin. You should check with your general medical doctor to see if you may have a syndrome as the can affect other parts of your body. ...Read more

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Is overbite caused by pacifier?

Not usually: Has to do with intensity ; duration. Most pacifiers are discontinued well before harm is done. Thumbs/fingers are worse. As an orthodontist i see much digit damage, almost no pacifier damage. See pediatric dental specialist now, orthodontist age 7. Try to wean child off pacifier age 2-3, and digits no later than age 4. Ask pedodontist for help. ...Read more

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Pacifier (Definition)

Pacifier use is associated with a significantly ...Read more