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1. WO2020117320 - A PACIFIER TO TRAIN PROPER TONGUE POSITION

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CLAIMS:

What is claimed is:

1. A pacifier comprising:

a shield having a first side, a second side, a top portion, and a bottom portion;

a handle extending from the first side, the handle defining a longitudinal axis; and a nipple extending from the second side, wherein the nipple is inclined with respect to the longitudinal axis and extends downwardly from the longitudinal axis.

2. The pacifier of claim 1 further comprising a shelf extending from the second side of the shield, wherein the shelf is disposed between the shield and the nipple.

3. The pacifier of claim 2 wherein the nipple includes a concave side and a convex side, wherein the convex side is located between the concave side and the shield.

4. The pacifier of claim 3 wherein the convex side includes one or more projections, wherein the one or more projections are configured to distinguish the concave side from the convex side for a tongue of a user.

5. The pacifier of claim 4 wherein at least one of the one or more projections is located below a horizontal centerline of the convex side.

6. The pacifier of claim 3 wherein the shelf includes a raised portion, and planar portion is located between the raised portion and the second side of the shield.

7. The pacifier of claim 6 wherein the raised portion defines a trough between the raised portion and the second surface of the shield, wherein the trough includes a dimension configured to locate a gum or tooth structure of the user.

8. The pacifier of claim 7 wherein the nipple includes a first lateral width and the shelf includes a second lateral width wherein the first lateral width is smaller than the second lateral width.

9. The pacifier of claim 7 wherein the nipple includes a first lateral width and the shelf includes a second lateral width wherein the first lateral width and the second lateral width are

substantially the same width.

10. The pacifier of claim 7 wherein the nipple includes a first lateral width and the shelf includes a second lateral width wherein the first lateral width is smaller than the second lateral width.

11. The pacifier of claim 1 wherein the first side of the shield is convex and the second side of the shield is concave.

12. The pacifier of claim 11 wherein the top portion of the shield includes a first curved edge having an intermediate portion, wherein the intermediate portion curves towards the handle.

13. The pacifier of claim 12 wherein the handle includes one or more projections configured to hinder sliding movement of a user’s hand on the handle.

14. The pacifier of claim 2 wherein the nipple is inclined with respect to the shield at an angle of between zero and ninety degrees with respect to the longitudinal axis.

15. The pacifier of claim 14 wherein the nipple includes a relatively planar top portion and curved bottom portion.

16. The pacifier of claim 15 wherein the shelf includes a planar top portion generally parallel with the planar top portion of the nipple.

17. A pacifier configured to encourage elevation of an individual’s tongue into the individual’s palate, the pacifier comprising:

a nipple angulated downward from a longitudinal axis extending from a front of the pacifier to the back of a pacifier; and

a shelf operatively connected to the nipple, the shelf configured to receive incisal deciduous teeth of the individual.

18. The pacifier of claim 17 wherein the nipple includes a nipple width and the shelf includes a shelf width, wherein the nipple width is one of being substantially the same as the shelf width or being less than the shelf width.

19. The pacifier of claim 18 wherein the pacifier includes a core and an outer layer disposed on the core.

20. The pacifier of claim 19 wherein the core is formed of a first material and the outer layer is formed of a second material, wherein the second material is softer than the first material.

21. A pacifier comprising:

a shield having a first side, a second side, a top portion, and a bottom portion;

a handle extending from the first side, the handle formed to resemble a part of an animal, the handle including an opening to receive a cord; and

a nipple extending from the second side, wherein the nipple is inclined with respect to the longitudinal axis and extends downwardly from the longitudinal axis.