Notes on Pacifiers and Oral Health

Many parents wonder how they would get along if they couldn’t offer their baby or toddler a pacifier now and then. On the other hand, caring parents don’t want to do anything that would compromise the shape and growth of their child’s teeth or jaw. So where do pacifiers fit in? Your Dallas, TX pediatric dentists can set your mind at ease. Occasional pacifier use is unlikely to cause harm, and a pacifier can be a soothing aid when your child is feeling stressed. There are a few things to keep in mind, when offering your child a pacifier, for their long-term oral health.

#1: Make Sure the Pacifier is Clean and Undamaged

It is just common sense that you want to make sure anything your child puts into his or her mouth is clean and free of breaks, tears or sharp edges. Rinse pacifiers that have dropped on the floor, and wash them periodically if they are carried around, tangled in a blanket, or tucked in a bib or pocket between uses. If a pacifier is damaged, it’s time to replace it. If your child should sustain any sort of oral injury, we are prepared to help in an emergency,

#2: Don’t Add Flavors or Dip the Pacifier in Sweeteners

Saliva and water are two of the healthiest things to have on your child’s teeth. A clean pacifier will not encourage the growth of oral bacteria, which can lead to tooth decay, even in baby teeth. While a filling can be placed to restore a tooth, prevention is a less invasive and more economical path.

#3: Begin to Cut Back orPacifierUse Beginning Around Age 2

Many children say goodbye to pacifiers on their own , but if your child is still firmly attached, offer a pacifier less frequently, to avoid damage to emerging teeth and jaw structures, As your child begins to more actively explore the world, the situation may resolve on its own. Many parents find that offering interesting distractions and quiet bedtime routines are as effective as scolding or hiding the pacifier, and creates an overall more positive atmosphere. Our helpful staff are experienced working with children, and can also offer suggestions.

If Your Have Pacifier Questions, Bring Them to Us

Pacifiers and thumbs can be soothing, but let us help you keep an eye on those habits, for the health of your child’s smile. To learn more, schedule an appointment by calling Pediatric Dental Care at Casa Linda in Dallas, TX today at 214-321-4880. We proudly serve patients who live around Casa Linda and all surrounding Dallas communities.