For babies and young children, pacifiers can act as a calming agent and source of comfort. However, pacifiers can also cause tooth misalignment and problems with the jaw's bone structure. If giving up a pacifier proves to be overly stressful, or you just want to be proactive, Dr. Frank Fruce, family dentist at Advanced Dental Arts in Fulton, New York, suggests a dental compromise. “Certain pacifiers are sold as 'orthodontic-approved,'” he explained. “This means that the use of this type of pacifier shouldn't interfere with the development of your child's teeth.” Still, it is recommended that children be weaned off a pacifier around a year old.
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