The Dodie Fairy Tree – What is your child’s Dodie doing to their teeth?
15 Jun 2015

The Dodie Fairy Tree – What is your child’s Dodie doing to their teeth?

Pacifier, soother, comforter,

15 Jun 2015

Pacifier, soother, comforter, dummy, dodie

We have a number of different names for the one thing that has helped make parents lives that little easier but what is it doing to your child’s teeth? Is it increasing your child’s need for braces(orthodontics) in the future?

 

Prolonged pacifier use beyond 24 to 36 months results in a greater chance of their upper back teeth erupting on the inside of their lower teeth( posterior crossbite) at 5 years of age

POSTERIOR CROSSBITE

Posterior Crossbite

Children with a thumb sucking habit who stop between 36 and 48 months of age present a greater prevalence of a gap between their upper and lower teeth at the front (anterior open bite) and sticky out front teeth  (increased overjet) at 5 years of age.

increased overjet

Increased Overjet

Anterior open bite

Anterior open bite

 

Tips to wean child off their dummy: You can try cutting the end off the dummy or dipping it in anti nail biting bad tasting agent but the best thing to do is let the tooth fairy be the baddy.

:Visit the Dodie Tooth Fairy tree in Marley Park and leave the dodie with the tooth fairy. She may want to leave a treat for collection at the tree too. (Preferably non sugary)

1: Write a note to the tooth fairy

2: Leave the note with the dodie at the tree

dodie tree
3: Collect your treat!!If you can’t get to the tree, leave the dodie for the tooth fairy under their pillow for the tooth fairy to collect.

dodie tree

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