Can a Pacifier Affect a Child’s Oral Health?
A pacifier should be used in a proper manner to prevent potential oral health problems for your child. Consult with a child friendly dentist for advice on using a pacifier.
- Pacifiers used over a long period of time can affect the roof of the mouth, with the top and bottom rows of the teeth not meeting.
- Similar to a child who sucks their thumb, prolonged use of a pacifier can lead to misaligned teeth.
- Try to avoid dipping the pacifier in foods like honey to avoid increasing the risk of tooth decay.
“Unfortunately, children who experience teeth or jaw alignment issues from pacifier misuse will require orthodontic intervention in the future.”
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Dr. Rizwan Khawaja BDS (University of Manchester)
Dr Rizwan Khawaja, also known as Riz by his patients, graduated from the University of Manchester in 2010. Since qualifying he has worked across Cheshire in practices, specialist centres and treatment centres.
As a certified dentist in Inman Aligner treatments, Riz has a passion for cosmetic dentistry. He is also working towards specializing in restorative dentistry in the near future.
In his spare time, he can be found on the golf course or at Old Trafford, supporting his beloved football club, Manchester United.
He also loves travel and considers himself as a bit of a foodie!