A pacifier can help calm a baby. However, many parents are concerned about their effects on baby teeth. Is it bad for your baby’s developing mouth? Can it cause dental issues along the way? Let’s start with the benefits of using a pacifier.

Is a Pacifier Bad for Baby Teeth?

Pros of Using a Pacifier

Cons of Using a Pacifier

Breaking the Habit

Pacifier use is easier to break than thumb-sucking. To help your baby break the pacifier habit, consider looking into their anxiety triggers. Focus on addressing the cause of anxiety so your baby will not have to rely on pacifier alone for comfort.

Avoid scolding or punishing a child if they don’t cooperate. Encourage them instead by using rewards. Most important, continue maintaining good oral hygiene habits. If you’re struggling to get your child to brush their teeth, seek professional help from your dental team.

Overall, pacifier use shouldn’t be bad for baby teeth as long as it does not go on for too long.

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