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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
Mouth (mouth) " n. Pl. Mouths 1. A. The body opening through which an animal takes in food. B. The cavity lying at the upper end of the alimentary canal, bounded on the outside by the lips and inside by the oropharynx and containing in higher vertebrates the tongue, gums, and teeth. C. This cavity regarded as the source of sounds and speech. D. The opening to any cavity or canal ...Read more
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
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
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 12 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
Is sucking on a pacifier any better for a baby's dental health than sucking on a thumb? Our daughter sucks her thumb all of the time, and we've heard about the damage it can do to a child's teeth. Since pacifiers are softer, we were hoping we could someho
Pacifier better: But it is likely too late. Your child always has access to the thumb, and it can do significant harm especially if respiratory patterns and facial growth pattern is genetically problematic. Pacifier usually smaller and bears less weight than the thumb. Any sucking habit will tend to narrow the upper jaw and cause front tooth occlusion to be harmed. ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
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 3 more doctor answers
Are there any kinds of pacifiers that are better for a baby's teeth than others? There are all kinds of pacifiers of different designs, shapes and materials. I'd like to know if there is anything in particular we should be looking out for in order to get
I : I agree that no pacifier is best. However, if you are going to use one, chose one that is flat as it passes through the upper and lower teeth and soft. Since your child's teeth will tend to shape themselves around the shaft of the pacifier the flat kind will cause less distortion especially if it is soft enough to collapse even flatter. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Pacifier: I would get rid of about 4 month old or sooner if you can, yes, it causes dental problem ...Read more
I have a bro who is 1 year old and his teeth are crooked, could it be because he uses a pacifier?
I doubt it: The average 1 yr old has about 8 teeth and enjoys a pacifier for its self directed soothing. At that age crooked teeth most often represent a natural crooked eruption rather than a distortion caused by sucking. A dental exam could tell for sure, but crooked baby teeth are common &don't necessarily mean adult teeth will be. Even crooked teeth should be kept healthy to preserve space for adult teeth. ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
Doubtful: Usually other causes (crowding) for crooked baby teeth @ age 1. Make sure to take your child for cm-up, evaluation of tooth and jaw growth, hygiene instruction, Fluoride instructions, and so much more. Don't wait 'till 2-3, please go now. Ask dentist to ck tooth alignment. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
My child is barely 2. He only gets a pacifier at nap/bed time for past yr. Will it harm his teeth or palate development if he has it another year?
Deciduous Teeth: Limited to nap and bedtime as a "sleep transitioner" to help soothe him to sleep - not at all. Children usually spit these out after some time asleep anyways. If the habit extends beyond bedtime and into later years, then yes indeed it can affect eruption patterns and lead to flaring of teeth. A pedodontist would be the best to confirm this for you. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers