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prevention International magazine for oral health No. 1, 2017

ADVERTORIAL: A NEW PERSPECTIVE CURAPROX soother: Function and effect on breathing CURAPROX Baby has designed a dummy that prevents oral dysfunction, as it is reflects the anatomical reality of babies’ mouths. The dummy is flat with side wings, a slightly asym- metrical tip and a specially shaped plate. The flat suckling surface does not put any pressure on the roof of the mouth. This means that the dummy pre- vents the development of a narrow palate, which can lead to a crossbite, jaw abnormalities and mouth breathing. The side wings exert a small amount of pressure on the top jaw. Supporting this natural function ensures that the top jaw widens. The flat suckling area and the side wings ensure there is enough space on the roof of the mouth for pressure to be exerted on the top jaw so that it widens. This means there is enough space for the tongue to lie correctly in the mouth, promoting healthy nasal breathing. The flat plate on the front of the dummy prevents an open- jaw position, as the connection between the mouth and plate has been designed to be as flat as possible in order to support normal development of the lower jaw. This is very important, especially when the primary dentition begins to erupt. As most small children have a dummy, it makes sense to use the best possible products, even from a financial per- spective. Damage caused by dummies with poor anatomical design costs millions each year. CURAPROX soothers promote the natural development of the mouth and jaw, it can be used to prevent jaw defor- mations that lead to disrupted breathing. As a midwife and mother who is constantly in contact with parents, it is very important to me to present the best possible solution. I see this as my duty. For me, the CURAPROX soother fulfils all the expectations I have for a product like this. One of the greatest problems caused by mouth breathing is the decreased absorption of oxygen. Na- sal breathing leads to approximately 10–15 per cent more oxygen in the bloodstream compared with mouth breathing — this is a deciding factor for the growing child’s well-being and health. Nitric oxide is a colourless gas that builds up in our sinuses. When we breathe through our noses, this nitric ox- ide is transported into our lungs. There, it causes vaso-dilation—an expansion of the blood vessels—and promotes better circulation within the pulmonary alveoli. This means that the body can absorb more oxygen and improve its supply to cells. This effect does not happen with mouth breathing, which explains the lower oxygen saturation. Furthermore, babies and children who breathe through their mouths at night often snore and may also suffer from sleep apnoea. This means they experience pauses in breathing, which has a negative effect on their absorption of oxygen. These abnormal breathing patterns have several negative effects. The child does not reach deep sleep, as it often wakes up struggling for breath. This can increase its sleep requirement by several hours. The lack of deep sleep also has a negative effect on the child’s overall growth, since growth hormones are mostly released during deep sleep. If a child cannot reach deep sleep ow- ing to loud snoring and regular sleep apnoea, not enough of these hormones are released—this negatively affects normal growth. The decreased intake of oxygen also leaves the child exhausted. This can lead to lack of concentration, decreased performance, disruptions in growth and development, and behav- ioural problems. Designed to suit the mouth’s anatomy Babies have a natural urge to suckle. Breastfeeding satisfies this urge for the most part. However, breastfeeding is sometimes not possible or not enough to satisfy the child’s urge to suckle. In order to limit the negative effect on the child’s jaw growth as much as possible, it is extremely important to choose the right tools. Standard dummies are un- fortunately very poorly designed when it comes to the physiological needs of babies’ mouths. This can — as I have already said — have grave conse- quences. 18 issue #1

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