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Thumb and pacifier: the point of view of orthodontists

Thumb and pacifier: the point of view of orthodontists


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When a congress of the French Orthodontics Federation (FFO) was opened to the general public, a morning was devoted to the thumb and the pacifier. For the first time, various specialists have answered questions parents may have on this topic.

  • Thumb or pacifier? How old are you? Sometimes it's hard for parents to know what to think about it. On the occasion of its congress *, the French Federation of orthodontics has proposed to the general public a debate with the parents on a "somewhat conflictual" subject, according to the organizers.
  • Psychological approach, medical, orthodontic solutions that can be put in place to respond to the consequences of this reflex gesture of babies on dental occlusion ... For the first time, various specialists answered questions from parents.

Thumb or pacifier, what's the difference?

  • Between the two, the impact is much the same in the eyes of Jean-Baptiste Kerbrat, stomatologist: the thumb, harder and a little wider, deforms a little more, but the nipple is "more pernicious" because it gives parents a good conscience, especially when it is presented as "physiological".
  • For the doctor, "The whole problem is to evoke the duality between an infantile need, which can be understood, and a need that lasts in time, which becomes pathological and leads to facial malformations." permanence, but also the end of cloth that sucks, certainly reassure the child, but disrupt the normal evolution of its function swallowing. The positioning of the teeth can also be affected.

Stéphanie Letellier

* Congress organized end of 2011