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

Pediatr Dent. Jan-Feb 1992;14(1):13-8.


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.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Child, Preschool
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Infant Care / instrumentation*
  • Malocclusion / etiology*
  • Malocclusion / prevention & control
  • Orthodontics, Preventive / instrumentation*
  • Sucking Behavior*
  • Time Factors