The great debate: Pacifier vs. Thumb
A pacifier habit is easier to break because a parent can choose when to take it away while a thumb is always available for sucking. The earlier the habit is broken, the less likely there will be orthodontic problems in the future.
About Dr. Gina
Gina Bufalini, DMD is a 2006 graduate of the University of Notre Dame, receiving
a Bachelor of Arts Degree. She then continued on to receive her dental degree from
the University of Pittsburgh in 2010. During her time in dental school, she served
as a class representative for the American Student Dental Association and as a member
of the Pediatric Dentistry Club. After graduation, she completed a one-year general
practice residency at Allegheny General Hospital in 2011. She then worked for one
year in a private practice setting as a general dentist at University Dental Health
Services before pursuing advanced education in pediatric dentistry. She recently
completed a two-year pediatric dentistry residency program at the University of
Pittsburgh, where she received specialized training in child growth and development,
child behavior management, dental trauma management, treatment of patients with
special health care needs, and pediatric sedation/anesthesia.