Pacifiers and Teeth Development

Wilson, Greenville, Goldsboro, Rocky Mount, Raleigh & nearby areas

Fri, 05/24/2013

Sucking is a natural reflex for many babies that begins before they are born. This reflex commonly persists through a child’s first few years of life, and can provide a soothing, calming effect. For this reason, many parents choose to use pacifiers with their baby. However, it is important to understand how a pacifier impacts the development of your baby’s teeth.

While they are not visible at the time of birth, your child’s baby teeth already exist and are in their jawbone. It is important to choose a pacifier that will encourage natural swallowing and tongue habits in order to ensure these teeth emerge properly.

Long term use of a pacifier (past the age of 3) or using the wrong type of pacifier can cause the following problems as your child’s baby teeth emerge:

  • Top front teeth may slant out
  • Bottom front teeth may tilt in
  • Open gap between front teeth
  • Bite misalignment
  • Roof of the mouth may be narrower side to side

The family dentists at Boles, Ham, Dixon & Boles will advise you as to the best pacifier options to use during your child’s initial appointment. If you have any questions about pacifier use before your child’s appointment, we will be happy to answer them over the phone.

Please contact Boles, Ham, Dixon & Boles today to schedule your child’s initial family dentistry appointment. We serve patients in the Wilson, North Carolina area.

Dixon Boles & Associates