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How The Palate Grows With A Pacifier Used
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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