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Will pacifiers hurt my child's teeth?

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Dr. Arnold Malerman
Dentistry - Orthodontics
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
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Dr. Marcus Degraw
Pediatrics
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In brief: Maybe

It depends on how long the paci is used for and for how much each day.
Generally speaking if pacis are used until about the age of one and then stopped, then there is no harm. But long term, consistent use clearly can cause shifting of teeth and disrupt normal bite patterns.

In brief: Maybe

It depends on how long the paci is used for and for how much each day.
Generally speaking if pacis are used until about the age of one and then stopped, then there is no harm. But long term, consistent use clearly can cause shifting of teeth and disrupt normal bite patterns.
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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics

In brief: Not likely

Pacifier-sucking and thumbsucking generally do not damage teeth, but they will lead to more overbite in a 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 their teen years, an overbite is correctable.

In brief: Not likely

Pacifier-sucking and thumbsucking generally do not damage teeth, but they will lead to more overbite in a 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 their teen years, an overbite is correctable.
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