Dr. Mark C. Gladnick, DDS
Wilmington, DE Cosmetic and Family Dentistry
  • Welcome to the Pike Creek, Delaware, office of Dr. Mark Gladnick, DDS, a fusion of Experience and Innovation. We specialize in family, preventative, and cosmetic dentistry, and have been practicing in suburban Wilmington, Delaware, for almost 30 years.
  • Your entire family is welcome at our practice! We love serving our friends and neighbors in Pike Creek, Wilmington, and the surrounding communities!
  • We offer the services your family needs for excellent oral health, from routine preventive care to advanced restorations and other treatment procedures.

Does thumb sucking or using a pacifier hurt my baby’s teeth?

A pacifier, if it must be used, is easier for the parent to stop than if the child sucks his/her thumb. Either habit should be discouraged prior to the eruption of any permanent front teeth, around six years of age. Both habits can cause the top front teeth to flare forward and the bottom front teeth to be forced back, changing the bite and appearance of the teeth and face. The constant pressure to the roof of the mouth can result in a high, narrow palate, eventually causing crowded permanent teeth.