Negative Effects of Soothers

Alternately called dummies or pacifiers, soothers are used by parents throughout the world to quieten babies. Apart from soothing a child, dummies have also been linked with a reduced risk of SIDS or Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. However, soothers can also impact negatively on a child’s teeth and oral health.

Because of the constant sucking motion, the overuse of soothers can lead to:

• Impaired jaw growth

• Misaligned or protruding teeth

• An overbite or open bite

Dental experts recommend that infants should be “completely weaned off a pacifier by age two” and many suggest it should be even sooner. Regular check-ups with the child’s dentist will help in spotting potential issues early and further information can be found at

Anthony Bendkowski (GDC No. 57249)

Anthony Bendkowski or ‘Ben’ to his team, is a specialist in oral surgery in practice limited to implant reconstructive surgery in London and the South East of England. He qualified from University College Hospital Dental School, London in 1982 and subsequently gained extensive experience in both hospital and practice-based oral surgery.

He has over twenty five years of experience in both the surgical and restorative management of implant cases. He has a keen interest in all aspects of dental education and has lectured on and run bone augmentation and implant training courses, as well as lecturing on business skills for successful implant practice for a number of years. He is a Past President of the Association of Dental Implantology (UK) and an examiner for the Edinburgh Diploma in Implant Dentistry as well as for Membership in Oral Surgery for the Royal College of Surgeons, England.

Clinically Ben undertakes all aspects of implant treatment, including Teeth in a Day/All on 4 surgery, aesthetic anterior tooth replacement, and complex cases involving extensive bone reconstruction.

In his spare time he is a keen pilot and can regularly be seen flying his vintage WW II aircraft in airshows. Ben also enjoys playing guitar badly with a local band, ‘Leaky Tap’.