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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 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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Are pacifiers bad for a baby's teeth?

Are pacifiers bad for a baby's teeth?

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 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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Does using a pacifier have any consequences on a baby's teeth later on in life?

Yes: Overuse of a pacifier can lead to increased problems with cavities and more dental malocclusion of protruding. This may require major repair work. ...Read more

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Baby wants to suck on it so need to know what a pacifier can do to the teeth if anything?

Baby wants to suck on it so need to know what a pacifier can do to the teeth if anything?

Altered growth: Its best to try to discontinue the pacifier once the teeth begin to erupt into the mouth. Once the permanant front teeth begin to come in at about age 5-7, it will alter their growth. ...Read more

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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 more

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Are pacifiers really bad for babies’ teeth?

Not really: Not great, but if discontinued by age 2 will probably not cause harm. Finger or thumb habit, especially if continued beyond age 4, can cause jaw deformation. ...Read more

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