We are committed to continuously improving access to our goods and services by individuals with disabilities. This website is currently being updated to enhance the usability and experience for persons with disabilities. If you are unable to use any aspect of this website because of a disability, please call 9784704555 and we will provide you with prompt personalized assistance.

Blog

Pacifier Use & Your Child’s Teeth

Posted by: Dr. Sirakian     Categories: Dentistry, Oral Health
Pacifier Use Blog Header

While there are a quite few documented benefits to giving babies pacifiers, there are downsides to prolonged pacifier use.

Research shows that pacifiers can actually help reduce the incidences of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome). Babies who suck on pacifiers while they sleep don’t fall asleep as deeply as those who don’t suck on pacifiers. This means that if the baby stops breathing while sleeping they can more easily wake themselves up and start breathing again. In addition to reducing the chance of SIDS, pacifiers also help provide comfort reducing a baby’s anxiety and stress levels.

So What’s the Problem?

Despite all these benefits, however, there are dental implications of using a pacifier. Continued sucking on a thumb or pacifier can negatively impact the alignment of the teeth. Experts recommend the latest a pacifier should be in use is by the child’s second birthday. Beyond age two, pacifier use can cause serious damage to your child’s dentition and tooth alignment.

In addition to the impact on alignment, you also have to take into consideration that continued use of a pacifier could increase the incidences of inner ear infections. The action of sucking on a pacifier opens the auditory tubes in the ear canal. Prolonged sucking causes the auditory tubes to remain open for a long time, allowing bacteria to infect the inner ear.

Should you have questions around infant pacifier use, consult your local Andover, MA dentistry professionals at Sirakian Aesthetic & Implant Dentistry today!

Source.

Tags:

Jun
9

5 Tricks to Help Your Child Love the Dentist

What is one of the most common phobias? You guessed it—the fear of going to the dentist! People of all ages get a bit cagey at the idea of getting in that examination chair. However, for a young mind, the dentist is obviously much more confusing and difficult to process and understand. Luckily, there are […]

Jun
2

Can Seasonal Allergies Impact Your Oral Health?

If you suffer from seasonal allergies, you know how irritating they can be. Constant sniffling, sneezing, and headaches can take a toll on your mood and ruin your plans. But did you know they may also influence your dental health? Here are some common ways your seasonal allergies can mess with your mouth, and how […]

May
26

Tooth-Mounted Sensors to Track Your Mouth

A breakthrough in the field of mouth sensors, scientists and engineers at Tufts University School of Engineering have created a wearable mouth sensor that’s small and unobtrusive. Previous devices had bulky wiring or required wearing a mouth guard, so this device is a game changer. The tooth-mounted device contains bioresponsive materials that can sense chemicals […]

May
19

Want an A-list Smile? With Veneers, It’s Possible!

In today’s society, first impressions are everything. People instinctually form judgments within milliseconds of seeing a new face for the first time. From clothing choices to our pearly whites, every aspect of our appearance helps strangers form opinions of us instantaneously. It’s no surprise, then, that our smiles play an incredibly important role in portraying […]

May
12

Natural Mouthwash

Whether you’re trying to keep anything unnatural out of your mouth and body, reduce your carbon footprint a little, or simply are in a pinch because you ran out, there are plenty of reasons you may want to try making your own mouthwash. Luckily, there are a few different ways to go about it, all […]

69 Park Street, Andover, MA 01810
| |
Fax: 978.470.8844
|
X
  • Call 978.470.4555 or fill out the form below.

X
[contact-form-7 id="244" title="Request Appointment"]
X

The information presented here is not intended or implied to be medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. It should be used for informational purposes only.

[contact-form-7 id="1341" title="A04 Appointment"]
Book an Appointment
To book an appointment please feel free to call us at 978.737.7060 or complete the form below.

Step 1 of 2

-

Terms and Conditions

Here at Sirakian Aesthetic & Implant Dentistry, we work diligently to protect our patient's rights and privacy. Requesting an appointment via our Internet portal is considered part of what HIPAA has identified as electronically protected information (ePHI). Unfortunately, despite the best efforts we make or take, there are people or entities that may attempt to intercept the data you transmit to us. By checking the box, and electronically making an appointment, you understand that you are making an appointment over the internet and that Sirakian Aesthetic & Implant Dentistry will keep this information confidential but cannot guarantee that others, outside of our practice, may not illegally intercept this communication. As a result of continuing, you are sending this transmission and accepting the inherent risk(s) associated with making this request for an appointment. As an alternative, you are always welcome to contact our office via telephone to schedule your appointment.