why pacifiers should only be used occasionally

Why a Pacifier Should Only be Used Occasionally

Long-term use of a pacifier can have some undesirable consequences:

– Pacifiers can affect how the mouth develops; for instance, heightening the roof of the mouth causing an open bite where teeth don’t meet at the front.

– Pacifiers can lead to misaligned teeth.

– Your dentist will advise only using a pacifier until baby is 6 months old and that the child should definitely be weaned off it by the time they are two.

“While pacifiers can certainly be helpful, parents should use them with the understanding that they are temporary, not a habit to be encouraged.”

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Matthew Houlton BDS(Sheffield) MFGDP(UK)

I’m Matthew Houlton, principal dentist and practice owner of Manor House Dental Practice.

Qualified from Sheffield dental hospital in 1993.

Post graduate training with Paul Tipton (Specialist Prosthodontist) from 2005-2007.

Diploma for Membership of the Faculty of General Dental Practice (UK) 2007.

Special interest in Orthodontics.

Yorkshire Deanary Fixed Appliance Training Scheme 2002-2004.

I have worked at York Hospital’s orthodontic department one session a week since 2009.

Member of the British Society of Occlusal Studies (the study of temporomandibular disorder).

I have two children, who keep me busy when I am not at the practice. I take a keen interest in and teach Aikido, a martial art, to keep a healthy mind and body.