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Usually: In recent years, pediatric medical discussion on the use of pacifiers has focused on the ability of non-nutritive sucking (nns) to seemingly have the ability to reduce sudden infant death syndrome (sids). From a dental viewpoint, the use of pacifiers is recommended with caution as it can cause several changes in the way a child's teeth relate. Playtex ortho-pro has shown little orthodontic change. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Not likely, but risk: It is very unlikely that chewing on a pacifier will hurt the teeth, however, it is a big risk for choking. Chewed pacifiers can have small pieces that fall off and a child can have life-threatening choking, so it is good to discourage this behavior and also frequently check pacifiers to make sure no tears or holes have occurred. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Baby almost 2, uses soothie pacifier. Worried about teeth. Won't take another type. Will permanent teeth be affected?
Pacifier use: It was not mentioned how old the baby is, 2 years or 2 months. If the baby is 2 months old pacifier use should be discontinued by 6 months of age.I have not seen any problems with teeth with pacifier use at this age since the teeth usually come through around 9 months of age.If the child is 2 years old it's use should be immediately discontinued . ...Read more
No: Thumbsucking and pacifier-sucking don't "ruin" teeth, but they will lead to more overbite in the baby's front teeth. Be sure these habits go away before the permanent teeth come. Throw out the pacifiers no later than when throwing out the bottles (around age 20-24 months). Since many or most kids get braces to straighten their teeth in the teen years, an overbite should be easily correctable. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Unlikely See dentist: Probably not. Nighttime grinding in children (or adults!) can be related to sleep disordered breathing. The child may not be getting enough oxygen during sleep, or may have actual episodes of apnea. Have a dentist check the size and shape of the jaws, tongue size and position and tonsils/adenoids. Does the child snore? You may need referral to a pediatric ENT for further evaluation. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes and no: Pacifier by itself won't harm teeth, but if they are coated with sweets first (some parents do that) then they can certainly cause cavities. They often would move teeth, and sometimes pacifier use can change the shape of the baby's palate bone. Stopping use can often lead to improvement, but sometimes orthodontics would be needed to get the bone and teeth back in place ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Probably not: Depends on duration and intensity. Thumb or finger sucking much more damaging than pacifier. Sucking reflex is calming/soothing for infants. They should age out by 18-24 months. Continuing digit habit beyond age 4 can deform upper jaw and restrict lower jaw growth. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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