Pacifiers Effect on a Baby’s Teeth

There has been much debate on whether or not a baby should be given a pacifier and for how long. A baby starts sucking on his or her fingers before it is even born. Using a pacifier can have both positive and negative effects. The positives are that it helps to keep the baby calm, it has a relaxing effect, and it is believed to help reduce the incidence of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.

The negative effects of a baby using a pacifier include:

Top teeth that slant outwards
Bottom teeth that slant inwards
Misalignment of the top and bottom jaws
Malformation of the roof of the mouth
Delay the falling out of the baby teeth

During the first two years of a child’s life, using a pacifier won’t really affect the growth of their permanent teeth. It is a good idea to have a baby’s teeth checked regularly by a dentist to make sure that they are developing correctly. To schedule an appointment with a dentist at Jamaica Hospital, please call 718-206-6980.

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