Does a Pacifier Habit Help or Harm Your Baby?

136-ms-blog_pacifier-help-or-hurt

Pacifiers can soothe, calm, and comfort young children, but do they do more harm than good? Discover when pacifiers are safe ways to soothe and when they may pose problems to teeth.

Why Pacifiers Please Pediatric Dentists

It’s natural and normal for young children to soothe themselves by sucking their thumbs, but pacifiers provide a preferable alternative. Pediatric dentists say it’s easier to wean a child off a pacifier than to get them to stop sucking their thumb. And according to family dentistry experts, infants who use pacifiers have a lower risk of sudden infant death syndrome. Children who use pacifiers also tend to experience less pain and discomfort when undergoing complex medical procedures. But it’s also important that children break the pacifier habit by age three in order to avoid dental development problems later in life.

When the Pacifier Habit is a Dental Danger

Pacifiers pose a problem to baby teeth when they’re used improperly or for too long. Some parents dip their child’s pacifier in sugar or honey before giving it to their child, but this can cause tooth decay because it exposes their baby teeth to sugar for a long period of time. Just as troubling is when the pacifier habit continues beyond a child’s third birthday. Family dentistry experts say that such extended use can lead to crooked teeth, poor tooth position, bite problems, jaw misalignment, and speech issues.

The Safe Way to Handle the Pacifier Habit

You can start giving your baby a pacifier around three to four weeks after they’re born. As your child grows, follow these helpful and healthy hints:

  • Never leave your baby unattended with a pacifier in their mouth.
  • Always clean the pacifier well both before and after it’s used.
  • Only choose pacifiers with shields that are wider than your baby’s mouth.
  • Throw away a pacifier as soon as it becomes cracked, discolored, misshapen, or sticky.

If your child is still using a pacifier after age three, ask your pediatric dentist for guidance on breaking the pacifier habit.

To learn about our family dentistry practice in Atlanta, call Imagix Dental today or make an appointment.

Imagix Dental and its affiliated practices offer affordable family dentistry and gentle, compassionate dental care in Atlanta. Our offices are conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. Our practices provide most dental services, from basic preventative care and general dentistry to specialized procedures and complete dental reconstruction. We accept most dental insurance plans and offer affordable financial solutions for any budget. Patient satisfaction is our top priority and we strive to provide the exceptional, affordable dental care and personal touch that lead to lasting relationships. A smiling patient is our greatest reward and we look forward to keeping those smiles healthy, beautiful, and bright. Discover affordable dentists who truly care.

Read What Our Patients Say
Patient Reviews
Clean and pretty facility. Nice people. Great doctor.
Maria M.
DR LAWSON IS AWSOME AND SO IS HIS STAFF THEY ALWAYS TAKE CARE OF U IN A VERY CAREING WAY
Linda D.
Made a difficult appt very easy. Everything went smoothly, procedure was explained and the staff was great.
Kristen F.
The office staff (Anne) and dentist Dr. Millkey were absolutely wonderful. It was the first experience for both my boys with the dentist and it was amazing. They made the boys and myself so very […]
Angela T.
They are more than only highly competent professionals. Dr. Nayyar and his administrative executive, Robin are always on time, willing to accommodate the patient’s individualized needs medically […]
Lynn G.
This place is AMAZING . Dr. Millkey and her staff go over and beyond to make sure that my daughter is happy and that all of her needs are met. I would give this place 10 stars if i could. Thanks so […]
Angela C.
Very friendly staff! They get you in and out in a timely fashion, an all around pleasant experience! I would highly recommend.
Quanecia K.
Very professional service. Very good communication with patients.
Jacqueline S.
The dentists and staff are very good at helping you understand what needs to be done. They go out of their way to assist you with any problems. Recently, when they didn’t have a bottle of a type of […]
Alice K.
I absolutely love hickory flat dental. Dr. Lee and Dr. Rigg are both incredible and have done amazing work. My personal experience has been flawless. Painless procedures and very kind employees.
BrieAnna H.
The entire staff was sooooo nice, helpful and professional! My 10 year old was so comfortable getting his entire procedure done! Thank you guys for being kind to us!
Nikeisha M.
Great people, Clean Office and Great Service.
Sarah B.
My kids love the office staff there. The Ortho team is amazing!!! Dr Wright makes them feel relaxed and at ease and her assistants actually make appointments fun. Thanks for the great service.
Jahson M.
Good dentist, hygienists and friendly staff, been going here for years and would highly recommend them to anyone looking for a dentist. They know what they’re doing, when I had a root canal, I […]
Chris L.
Hickory flat is the only dentist office that I enjoy! The people who work there are AMAZING. You can see the love in what they do. I trust them for me and my entire family. We have done everything […]
Claudia S.
very friendly, really tried to make it comfortable from the time i got there to the time i left. Everyone in office seemed really nice and looked happy to be there.
Anthony C.
Friendly, courteous, accommodating staff
Marcy G.
Very thorough with each dental care diagnosis and treatment. All staff members -to include dentist, hygienist, admin etc are extremely friendly! Billing always accurate, appointments always on time .
Kelley Q.
I found the dental office to be clean and organized. Dr Riggs and Brieanna were so informative helpful. The entire staff was polite and friendly.
Ethan V.
Quick and very friendly service, also love to see the personnell work cohesivly together as a team.
Denise W.
We Accept Most Insurance Plans!
Learn More

We accept most insurance plans and will be happy to help you understand the coverage that you have. We will do our best to see that you receive your maximum insurance benefits for all covered services.

No Insurance? No Worries! See our discounts and offers here