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Will a Pacifier Affect My Baby’s Oral Health?

Although pacifiers are very useful for soothing baby, unfortunately they can have some negative long-term effects on baby’s oral health:

– Pacifiers can change the shape of the mouth with prolonged use.

– Your child’s teeth can also be affected, with pacifiers causing crooked and crowded teeth meaning orthodontic work might be needed in the future.

– Your dentist will recommend that baby is weaned off their pacifier from 6 months of age.

“While pacifiers can certainly be helpful, parents should use them with the understanding that they are temporary, not a habit to be encouraged.”

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