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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.

However, you don’t have to worry about your child’s health until they’re about four years old. Still, did you know that you may not have to help your child quit at all? You see, most children will stop sucking on a pacifier on their own before they’re four. If you do have to help your little one stop using a pacifier, we recommend simply taking the pacifiers away.

You see, if your child keeps their pacifier or too long, their front teeth could slant out or their bottom teeth could slant inwards. Similarly, your child’s upper and lower jaws could become misaligned, and the roof of their mouth may even become narrower from side to side. Luckily, there are a few things you can do to help your child stop using a pacifier—though most parents agree that cold turkey is the best way. Simply try to limit your child’s pacifier use to nap and bedtime.

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. Greg Weeder? If so, we invite you to give Weeder Pediatric Dentistry a call at (402) 932.1177. We’re eager to hear from you.