At Advanced Dentistry of Long Island we love babies! And we know that lots of babies love their pacifiers. But pacifiers and teeth development are often at odds.
Pacifiers have a calming effect for many babies and can be a big help for parents. But as a child gets older and the pacifier habit doesn’t seem to be tapering off, mom and dad can begin to worry. While a pacifier can help keep your baby calm and comfortable, it isn’t so great for the healthy development of teeth and the surrounding bone. In order to ensure proper teeth development, we recommend you try to wean your child off the pacifier by about age two.
Another concern is that pacifier use may cause middle ear infections in some children. When continuously sucking on a pacifier, a child’s auditory tubes stay open and that makes it easier for moisture from the throat to seep into the middle ear. It’s that bacteria that can cause middle ear infections.
Don’t wait until your child is over 2-years old before you start the weaning process. How to wean? Here are some tips that we recommend so that the pacifier does not hamper healthy teeth development in your children:
Need more help or more information about pacifiers and the development of teeth in your child? Simply call the office at 516-921-8010 or fill out the form to the right to make an appointment. We look forward to meeting your entire family!