You probably know that when your child cries, a natural solution is to hand them their pacifier. Fortunately, there isn’t anything wrong with that—in fact, a pacifier can comfort your child and help you, as their parent, get some precious rest. However, if your pacifier isn’t used properly, or is used too long, they could cause a number of problems.
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.
Again, if your child is using a pacifier for too long, we recommend helping your child stop cold turkey. However, if this doesn’t work well, you could limit how often your little one uses their pacifier. You may consider only giving your child a pacifier at night or during nap time. Again, it’s extremely important for you to help your child avoid stop using a pacifier, or their teeth could slant, their jaws could become misaligned, or the top of their mouth could become narrower.
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. Trace M. Lund? If so, we invite you to give Price Pediatric Dentistry a call at 435.637.9590. We’re eager to hear from you.