Pacifiers- Advantages and Disadvantages

The use of pacifiers is a subject of debate among parents, even if your child has demonstrated their positive feelings about it.

On the positive side –

  • Pacifiers provide a source of comfort to infants
  • Pacifiers can assist in reducing the incidence of infant death syndrome as babies with pacifiers sleep less deeply.

On the negative side-

  • Pacifiers can harm the growth and development of jaws and teeth.
  • Prolonged use can cause changes in the shape of roof of mouth and create problems with tooth alignment.
  • Can increase the risk of middle ear infections.

For fussy babies parents agree that pacifier can be an amazing tool for calming and soothing and is preferable over thumb sucking. However according to dental experts once your child is preschool age it can interfere with development of teeth, and if your child continues using pacifier beyond 3, dental malformation can occur.

If you choose to use pacifier, these are certain tips that can reduce chances of harm beyond their teeth-

  • Use pacifier only when the child needs to sleep
  • Choose pacifier with ventilation holes in the shield to allow passage of air
  • Frequently clean and change the pacifier

Correct age to stop the habit- By 2, as teeth alignment and bone development usually correct themselves by about 6 months after the pacifier stops.

To learn more about the myths and facts related to pacifiers contact KIDS DENTAL STUDIO 7202833900

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