Although a pacifier has benefits in comforting your baby, there are potential oral health issues if used extensively. Consult a dentist about appropriate use of pacifiers and by what age you should stop using them.
- Using a pacifier for a prolonged period of time can affect the shape of a baby’s mouth.
- A pacifier can lead to teeth alignment issues, including crooked, crowded or misaligned teeth.
- Try using a pacifier only when your baby is sleeping and look to wean them off by two years old.
“Unfortunately, children who experience teeth or jaw alignment issues from pacifier misuse will require orthodontic intervention in the future. Teeth that are affected won’t fix themselves and any jaw or bite issues won’t go away on their own.”
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