Pediatric Dentistry of Suffolk County I & II
Commack (631) 486-6364
Medford (631) 320-0880

For parents with fussy babies, pacifiers can seem like a godsend. Young children often have strong sucking needs, and a binky provides quick relief. However, frequent and prolonged pacifier use can cause problems, especially if the habit continues after your child’s baby teeth have started falling out.

According to Colgate, long-term sucking can cause the following issues:
  • Slanted top front teeth
  • Tilted bottom front teeth
  • Jaw misalignment
  • Narrowing of the roof of the mouth

And unfortunately that’s not all. Chronic pacifier use can also cause an anterior open bite, which is an obvious gap between the top front teeth and the bottom front teeth when the jaw is closed. Furthermore, kids who use a pacifier past the age of five might experience a delay in their front baby teeth falling out.

So how do wean your toddler off the binky? WebMDsuggests the following tips:
  • Prepare your child in advance; don’t make the pacifier disappear out of nowhere
  • Set limits for when and where the pacifier may be used
  • Cut a small piece off pacifier’s nipple and show your toddler that it’s now too dangerous to use (Note: Do NOT give a binky back to your child once it’s been cut, as it poses a choking risk)

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Looking for a pediatric dentist for your children? Look no further! Pediatric Dentistry of Suffolk County provides exceptional dental care and ensures a beautiful smile for life! For more information give us a call at our Medford location at 631-320-0880 or our Commack location at 631-486-6364. Alternatively, visit us online at www.supermolar.com.