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If you’ve ever raised a child—or realistically, even if you haven’t—you understand that crying is a part of parenting. Luckily, you can give your little one a pacifier without worrying about their health, as long as your child doesn’t use it for too long. Conversely, if your child doesn’t give up their pacifier soon enough, they actually could damage their teeth.

Luckily, your child will typically give up on their pacifier on their own when their between two and four years old. However, if your child hasn’t given up on their pacifier by the time they’re four, you may have to take the pacifiers away yourself. You could simply throw the pacifiers away—though you should be sure you catch them all. You see, children have been known to actually hide pacifiers from their parents.

You see, if your child keeps their pacifier or too long, their front teeth could slant out or their bottom teeth could slant inwards. Similarly, your child’s upper and lower jaws could become misaligned, and the roof of their mouth may even become narrower from side to side. Luckily, there are a few things you can do to help your child stop using a pacifier—though most parents agree that cold turkey is the best way. Simply try to limit your child’s pacifier use to nap and bedtime.

Would you like to learn more about pacifier use, or about other options you may consider? Are you interested in scheduling an appointment with our dentist, Dr. Duane C. Clouse? If so, we invite you to give Treasured Smiles Children’s Dentistry, Duane C. Clouse, PC a call at 520-316-6111. We’re eager to hear from you.