Oak Family Dental
  • Oak Family Dental | Family

    "From the moment I walked into the door I felt as though I was the most important person in the room. I was waited on promptly. The dentist came in to greet me and to make sure he wasn’t needed. My dental hygienist was wonderful and caring. She did a great job on my cleaning and took the time to provide future dental advice. Great atmosphere!" -Deborah P.

  • Oak Family Dental | Park

    "From the moment I walked into the door I felt as though I was the most important person in the room. I was waited on promptly. The dentist came in to greet me and to make sure he wasn’t needed. My dental hygienist was wonderful and caring. She did a great job on my cleaning and took the time to provide future dental advice. Great atmosphere!" -Deborah P.

  • Oak Family Dental | Doctors

    "From the moment I walked into the door I felt as though I was the most important person in the room. I was waited on promptly. The dentist came in to greet me and to make sure he wasn’t needed. My dental hygienist was wonderful and caring. She did a great job on my cleaning and took the time to provide future dental advice. Great atmosphere!" -Deborah P.

  • Oak Family Dental | Office

    "From the moment I walked into the door I felt as though I was the most important person in the room. I was waited on promptly. The dentist came in to greet me and to make sure he wasn’t needed. My dental hygienist was wonderful and caring. She did a great job on my cleaning and took the time to provide future dental advice. Great atmosphere!" -Deborah P.

  • Oak Family Dental | Large Family

    "From the moment I walked into the door I felt as though I was the most important person in the room. I was waited on promptly. The dentist came in to greet me and to make sure he wasn’t needed. My dental hygienist was wonderful and caring. She did a great job on my cleaning and took the time to provide future dental advice. Great atmosphere!" -Deborah P.

Are pacifiers and thumb sucking harmful to my child's teeth?

Thumb sucking and pacifiers become an issue if they start to affect your child's skeletal development. They do this by causing a misalignment of the jaws. The roof of the mouth can begin to narrow, resulting in a high arch. The roof of the mouth literally starts to take on the form of the thumb or pacifier. This can cause the front teeth to flare out and in severe cases cause an anterior open bite, where the front teeth do not overlap. The good news is most children discontinue the habit before these changes occur. 

Recommendations for Using a Pacifier

We recommend children stop the use of pacifiers by age 2-3. If the habit continues an appliance on the roof of the mouth may be required to help discourage the habit.   

If you have any further questions about your child's dental health, please call our office.

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