• 04 FEB 22

    Dummies and development: are you impacting the oral health of your child?

    When raising very young children, giving them a dummy (or pacifier) seems like a smart choice. After all, without the communication skills available, young children are often prone to periods of distress that are difficult to understand – here a dummy can be the ultimate solution.

    However, as much as these items are useful for comfort, they can also cause a number of problems if they are used for too long, some of which could have a major impact on the development of children’s teeth.

    It’s worth remembering that teeth don’t erupt into their final position straight away – the lips, tongue and cheeks are all partially responsible for where teeth end up as well. Certain behaviours, such as sucking on a dummy can affect this – especially as it can teach habits that people hold onto for life. For example, many infants who have a dummy growing up learn to swallow differently than those who never had one. These individuals push forward their tongue when swallowing, and this can cause the front teeth to emerge or move out of place over time.

    Worryingly, when teeth are shifted out of place during development, it can lead to a number of issues that may require extensive orthodontic correction in the future. Children with affected tooth positioning may be unable to chew or speak properly as a result. In fact, speech impediments caused by incorrectly positioned teeth can take years to correct and have far-reaching consequences on children’s confidence if allowed to persist.

    Of course, as these problems are not instantaneous, it’s hard to keep track of their development and effectively know when to wean children off devices such as dummies for the good of their health. From a professional point of view, it’s generally considered that once a child reaches three years old they should no longer be using a dummy, but you may want to wean them earlier if you want to be absolutely sure to minimise the risks of them learning different swallowing behaviours that could impact their tooth positioning.

    If you’re ever unsure about the use of dummies and what this could mean for your child, it’s a good idea to talk about the subject with your dentist. Dummies aren’t necessarily all bad, and there are certain orthodontic dummies on the market that have been designed to encourage the formation of proper swallowing techniques that should help prevent any tooth positioning problems. In the majority of cases, the best, least risky way to avoid any problems is to never use a dummy at all, or ensure that your child is weaned off it very early. Evaluate the options, be aware of the consequences and speak to a professional – this way you can hopefully find a happy balance!

    For further information please call EndoCare on 020 7224 0999

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Patient Testimonials

This is just to thank you for the root-canal treatment which you carried out on my tooth last Tuesday afternoon. All has now settled down and I can chew on the tooth as normal. I think that we both had a tough ninety minutes last Tuesday but for me it ...

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David Thomson
Thank you for treating my dental pain, it was a great relief! Thank you also for the care I received while visiting your practice.

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Fraser Gray
Thank you so much for looking after our nanny Noelia! Thank you also for offering her such a generous discount for your excellent treatment. She asked me to pass on her thanks also. With best wishes.

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Quentin McCoach
Just a quick but BIG thank you all for making what was a frightening and miserable procedure into an experience I could hanle. If there had been more people like you all, I would have a much healthier mouth. It was a pleasure meeting you and your kindness is much ...

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Georgia F
I just wanted to take this opportunity to thank you and Mr. Sultan for the excellent patient care I received last week. My reluctance to proceed with the surgical treatment was apparent, but with your advice and reassurance, I am sure that I made the right decision. The procedure, though ...

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Anne
Just to say thanks for the coffees & friendly, supportive chats. You certainly helped to take the edge off a stressful time for us.

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Rod & Sue Witheridge
Thank you very much for the wonderful work you did for me. I can smile again!

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Zita Drew
Thankyou so much for once again saving a difficult tooth!!  Another thankyou is due to you for your gift to my daughter of the recipe book written by your aunt. Noelle returned to Dubai with the book firmly tucked under her arm. She returns in July for the summer and ...

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Sheila Ferris

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Harley Street Root Canal Clinic
99 Harley Street
London
W1G 6AQ

Contact this Clinic:
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Richmond Root Canal Clinic
4-6 George Street
Richmond
Surrey TW9 1JY

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  • Root Canal Treatment

    You may require root canal treatment if you have pain or swelling associalted with your teeth.

  • Root Canal Re-Treatment

    We can help if you are having problems with teeth previously root canal treated by other dentists.

  • Endodontic Microsurgery

    Using the latest surgical techniques we help save teeth even if root canal treatment is not possible.

    • 04 FEB 22

    Dummies and development: are you impacting the oral health of your child?

    When raising very young children, giving them a dummy (or pacifier) seems like a smart choice. After all, without the communication skills available, young children are often prone to periods of distress that are difficult to understand – here a dummy can be the ultimate solution.

    However, as much as these items are useful for comfort, they can also cause a number of problems if they are used for too long, some of which could have a major impact on the development of children’s teeth.

    It’s worth remembering that teeth don’t erupt into their final position straight away – the lips, tongue and cheeks are all partially responsible for where teeth end up as well. Certain behaviours, such as sucking on a dummy can affect this – especially as it can teach habits that people hold onto for life. For example, many infants who have a dummy growing up learn to swallow differently than those who never had one. These individuals push forward their tongue when swallowing, and this can cause the front teeth to emerge or move out of place over time.

    Worryingly, when teeth are shifted out of place during development, it can lead to a number of issues that may require extensive orthodontic correction in the future. Children with affected tooth positioning may be unable to chew or speak properly as a result. In fact, speech impediments caused by incorrectly positioned teeth can take years to correct and have far-reaching consequences on children’s confidence if allowed to persist.

    Of course, as these problems are not instantaneous, it’s hard to keep track of their development and effectively know when to wean children off devices such as dummies for the good of their health. From a professional point of view, it’s generally considered that once a child reaches three years old they should no longer be using a dummy, but you may want to wean them earlier if you want to be absolutely sure to minimise the risks of them learning different swallowing behaviours that could impact their tooth positioning.

    If you’re ever unsure about the use of dummies and what this could mean for your child, it’s a good idea to talk about the subject with your dentist. Dummies aren’t necessarily all bad, and there are certain orthodontic dummies on the market that have been designed to encourage the formation of proper swallowing techniques that should help prevent any tooth positioning problems. In the majority of cases, the best, least risky way to avoid any problems is to never use a dummy at all, or ensure that your child is weaned off it very early. Evaluate the options, be aware of the consequences and speak to a professional – this way you can hopefully find a happy balance!

    For further information please call EndoCare on 020 7224 0999