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Baby Pacifier Pros and Cons

Is Baby With Pacifierputting baby to bed with a pacifier the way to Sleep Heaven? Or the start of a dangerous habit? Moms, doctors, even dentists have passionate opinions on both sides.

As usual, the truth lies pretty much in between.

A study published in a recent issue of General Dentistry indicates that babies sleeping with pacifiers are less likely to suffer from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) than those who don’t. It’s believed the pacifier allows baby to awaken from the kind of extremely deep sleep that could result in stopped breathing. They also provide what the pacifier was invented for: sucking satisfaction and a sense of well-being.

On the other hand, pacifiers can cause problems with the growth of the mouth, tooth alignment and more. And, like any other source of comfort, the pacifier can become a habit that’s hard to break. A tip: instead of making baby go “cold turkey,” let him or her suck themselves to sleep and then gently remove it for the night.

Pacifier use won’t cause any permanent tooth alignment problems as long as a child stops using it before that second birthday. The developing jawbone remains flexible and should correct itself.

News that should help pacify some of the more anxious Moms!

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Home » Meet Us Meet Us Header - Meet Us Meet your local Highlands Ranch dentist. Frank P. Scavuzzo, DDS Dr. Scavuzzo has worked and trained extensively to build a practice that exceeds your expectations of trusted, personalized dental care. He consistently brings his patients only the best that modern dentistry has to offer, by keeping himself and his team informed on the latest advances and available techniques. After attending the University of Denver, Dr. Scavuzzo earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree from the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine, where he graduated in 1987. Since then, he has kept up-to-date on the newest developments in his field through numerous continuing education courses in improving smiles, creating youthful smiles, and treating jaw, facial and joint pain. He also remains active in the dental community as a member of the American Dental Association, Colorado Dental Association and the Metro Denver Dental Society. Dr. Scavuzzo’s top priorities are patient comfort and satisfaction. Dr. Scavuzzo and his team look forward to your visit and to showing you the many ways in which personalized dental care can improve your life.

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