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Are Pacifiers Bad for Your Baby’s Teeth?

Babies love their pacifiers, but unfortunately, that doesn’t mean they are good for their teeth. Excessive use of pacifiers can cause abnormal tooth development and other health problems. But the good news is that this is avoidable! 

Pacifiers can cause problems with oral health for your kid. The American Dental Association notes that pacifiers and thumb-sucking can affect the proper growth of the mouth and alignment of teeth. They can also cause changes in the roof of the mouth. 

How to Use Pacifiers Responsibly and Avoid Damage to the Teeth

The intensity of sucking can heavily influence whether dental problems may occur. If babies passively place the pacifier or thumb in their mouth, they are less likely to develop problems with their baby teeth. Infants who vigorously suck their thumbs or pacifiers have more of a chance of developing dental problems. 

Breaking the Habit

Most kids stop sucking between the ages of two and four, or by the time that their permanent teeth are ready to come in. That said, if you notice changes in your child’s primary teeth or are just concerned about your child’s pacifier or thumbsucking habit, it’s time to check with your pediatric dentist. A dentist might recommend something to help break the habit.

Like all good things, pacifiers are best used in moderation. With a bit of care and oversight, you can ensure that your baby enjoys the pacifier without experiencing any pacifier teeth!

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