For an infant, the use of a pacifier is quite normal, but only up to a certain age. After the age of 3, the pacifier must be banned from the life of your child, since its use could result in a deformation of the dentition.
Letting go of the pacifier also means joining the world of grown-ups, but this transition is sometimes difficult and can bring with it tears and tantrums. Our dentists at the David & Cloutier Dental Office know how to manage these tricky moments and they can explain to the infants as well as to the parents themselves the different stages of the process.
It is important to first wean the infant off the pacifier in a progressive and adapted manner, while respecting the pace of the child, and most importantly, never to backtrack and give in to the child’s tantrums, because the health of your child’s teeth is at stake…
The dentist and the child in 6 articles
For a baby, it is normal to suck on something
It is how the baby relaxes and feeds. As your child approaches the age of 2 or 3, he or she will feel less and less the urge to suck on something.
If such is not the case, the David & Cloutier dental health centre professionals recommend the use of a pacifier instead of letting the child suck on his or her thumb.
Why? Because this way, YOU can control how and when your child uses the pacifier, while you cannot control his or her thumb. And, never put sugar, honey or corn syrup on a pacifier.
Indeed, doing so may cause tooth decay.
It is preferable that your child stop sucking BEFORE the age of 3. If a child keeps sucking on his or her thumb or on a pacifier AFTER the permanent teeth appear, the normal growth of the jaw and the position of the teeth may be adversely affected.
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