Can using a pacifier ruin a child’s teeth?
It depends on the child’s age. Infants have a natural sucking reflex, and a pacifier can be highly soothing. It can even reduce the risk of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) by regulating the depth of sleep. With strong benefits and no evidence of harm to oral health and development, pacifiers are highly recommended for babies under the age of two.
Toddlers aged two and above, though, should not use pacifiers. At this age, pacifiers are linked to problems with oral development, too misalignment, and even ear infections.
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