Pacifier for babies

Why a Pacifier Can Affect Your Child’s Dental Health

Using a pacifier for a prolonged period of time can have a negative affect on your child’s oral health. A child-friendly dentist can advise you on using a pacifier, and on monitoring the progress of your child’s teeth.

Key takeaways:

  • Prolonged use of a pacifier can affect the shape of the mouth, especially the roof of the mouth.
  • A pacifier may result in teeth which slant forwards, similar to a child who sucks their thumb.
  • Don’t dip a pacifier in sweet solutions to avoid encouraging the conditions for tooth decay.

“When using a pacifier, it’s important to exercise caution so that your baby can have healthy teeth and gums for life.”

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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.