BABY BOTTLES & PACIFIERS
A strong association has been found
exclusive bottle-feeding and malocclusion.
(SOURCE: The Journal of the Canadian Dental Association--1991)
Your Jaws ~ Your Life (page 46)
Backward forces of bottle and pacifier sucking constrict
dental arches and jaws, dramatically increasing malocclusions.
Sucking forces constrict the palatal bone that holds
the teeth, especially in the upper front roof of the
mouth area. The forces of sucking oppose normal directions
of growth for the upper and lower jaws. This prevents
the upper and lower jaws from growing to their full
potential during what should be one of the fastest periods
of growth. Small upper jaws then prevent the lower jaws
from growing and moving forward. The longer and stronger
an infant sucks, the more damage is done.
Current baby bottle and pacifier designs
do NOT place forces on the jaws (sucking), the same
way as breastfeeding (suckling). There is presently
no bottle or pacifier nipple like a mother's breast.
Breast suckling helps upper and lower jaws form in 3-dimensional
ways that sucking on bottles and pacifiers cannot. Research
shows there are lifelong benefits for an infant and
a nursing mother from at least 3-6 months of exclusive
breastfeeding, including a greater chance for straighter
teeth and jaws for the child.
David C. Page, D.D.S.
Your Jaws ~ Your Life (page 99)