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Will using a pacifier stop teeth grinding during sleep?

Will using a  pacifier stop teeth grinding during sleep?

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 more

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Will pacifier use affect teeth alignment?

Will pacifier use affect teeth alignment?

Not in a Baby: Using a pacifier before any teeth are present will not affect future occlusion. Pacifiers or thumb sucking over a long time with teeth present can cause a malocclusion. ...Read more

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Does chewing on a pacifier harm my teeth?

Does chewing on a pacifier harm my teeth?

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 more

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Does a baby's pacifier use affect teeth alignment?

Does a baby's pacifier use affect teeth alignment?

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 more

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Baby almost 2, uses soothie pacifier. Worried about teeth. Won't take another type. Will permanent teeth be affected?

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

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Do thumb-sucking and pacifiers ruin children's teeth and bites?

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 more

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Will pacifiers hurt my child's teeth?

Will pacifiers hurt my child's teeth?

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 more

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Can you tell me is a pacifier bad for kids teeth?

Can you tell me is a pacifier bad for kids teeth?

Thumb worse: Sucking reflex important for infants. Easier to wean child off pacifier than thumb, and thumb creates more jaw distortion than pacifier. See a pediatric dental specialist beginning at 1st b'day and ask for guidance. ...Read more

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Please answer me. Is a pacifier bad for kids teeth?

Please answer me. Is a pacifier bad for kids teeth?

It can be: They are useful when the child has no teeth. Once teeth are in place the pacifier should be discontinued. The sucking action and increased lip movement can move/loosen teeth. ...Read more

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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

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 more

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