11 doctors weighed in:

Are pacifiers bad for a baby's teeth?

11 doctors weighed in
Dr. Ronald Hsu
Dentistry - Pediatric
6 doctors agree

In brief: 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

In brief: 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
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Dr. Justin Nelson
Dentistry - Pediatric
2 doctors agree

In brief: Yes/no

No because they help with soothing the child but yes because of prolonged use can actually form the arch just like sucking a thumb

In brief: Yes/no

No because they help with soothing the child but yes because of prolonged use can actually form the arch just like sucking a thumb
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Dr. Arnold Malerman
Dentistry - Orthodontics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Age/duration related

Has to due with intensity and duration.
Much lest damaging than thumb/fingers. Easier to stop than digit habit. Beginning about age 3 try to gently wean child off pacifier. A Pedodontist, a pediatric dental specialist, can be of great help.

In brief: Age/duration related

Has to due with intensity and duration.
Much lest damaging than thumb/fingers. Easier to stop than digit habit. Beginning about age 3 try to gently wean child off pacifier. A Pedodontist, a pediatric dental specialist, can be of great help.
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Dr. Paul Grin
Pain Management
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Moderation is key

because frequent and long-term sucking can cause development problems.

In brief: Moderation is key

because frequent and long-term sucking can cause development problems.
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Dr. Gary Klugman
Dentistry
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Usually not

A pacifier can pull the upper front section of teeth forward.
If it is discontinued before age 2, those teeth will move back.

In brief: Usually not

A pacifier can pull the upper front section of teeth forward.
If it is discontinued before age 2, those teeth will move back.
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