Evaluation of the effects of orthodontic pacifiers on the primary dentitions of 24- to 59-month-old children: preliminary study.

S. M. Adair, M. Milano, J. C. Dushku

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This study was designed to compare the occlusions of 24- to 59-month-old children who used orthodontic or conventional pacifiers to the occlusions of a group of controls who had no sucking habits. Information on the habits was collected by parental questionnaires. Ninety-five children were examined for malocclusions involving overbite, overjet, canine, and molar relationships, and posterior crossbites. Users of orthodontic pacifiers had statistically significantly greater overjets, and there was a significantly higher proportion of subjects with open bite in the conventional pacifier group. There was a trend toward a greater number of subjects in the control and orthodontic pacifier group with overbites less than or equal to 50%. These differences were not clinically significant, however. There appeared to be only minor differences between the occlusions of the two pacifier groups.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)13-18
Number of pages6
JournalPediatric dentistry
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 1992
Externally publishedYes


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  • Dentistry(all)

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