L.O. asks from Sterling Heights, MI on December 10, 2007
Pacifiers and Teeth
I took my 2 year old with me for my dentist appt todya. the dentist saw her with her pacifier and stated we had to get rid of the pacifier. He said that it would change the bones in her mouth.. He also said that if we got rid of the pacifier and she started sucking her thumb that was better.. SOOO my question to the moms out there... Does anyone have a child where the pacifier actually did damage their teeth or mouth??
K.D. answers from Detroit on December 11, 2007
All 3 of my daughters used a pacifier. The 2 older ones used the Nuk until they were 3, and their teeth are fine. My youngest used the round kind like the hospitals give out, and at her dentist appt. the dentist showed my that her teeth did not " bite down" correctly - her bite formed an "O" like her binky. It is correcting a bit now, but she will need work later on. I'm curious why your dentist thinks a thumb would be better?
T. answers from Detroit on December 11, 2007
My daughter used a pacifier until just after her third birthday. She has uneven top teeth, crooked bottom teeth and an overbite. The dentist told me I should probably start saving for orthodontia now.
H.B. answers from Detroit on February 26, 2008
oh yes...I am paying dearly for having two boys who both sucked pacifiers until they were almost 4. Boy # 1 just finished braces and boy #2 is just starting. Both also had tongue thrusts where they rested their tongues on the back of their front teeth and eventually created a huge gap in between the front two. I will say that neither one of them sucked their thumb after finally losing the binky. I don't think your daughter would---different texture and concept. Good luck to you!
H.W. answers from Detroit on December 11, 2007
My little sister (now 21) had a pacifier I think until she started grade school. She definitely had to have braces and the whole nine yards. I was a thumb sucker and I have never had braces or any trouble with my teeth. My sister-in-law is a dentist. She was telling me about a little girl she knew that her teeth actually grew around the pacifier sot hat she had a hole between her front teeth just big enough for the paci to fit through. That was enough to scare me. She thinks that it is best to cut the end off of the pacifier (so there is no more joy, I guess, in sucking on it) at around 2 years of age. That is what she suggested we do, anyway. My daughter is now 13 months and only uses the pacifier to go to sleep and if she is really worked up about something. She won't suck on her thumb or fingers.
D.L. answers from Detroit on December 10, 2007
Sucking the thumb is just as bad! I ended up having to have braces because of that. Both are not good for the teeth! I have never heard of that with the pacifier, but I know from experience that sucking the thumb is not good.
A.U. answers from Detroit on December 11, 2007
My daughter had one until aprx 2 months before her 2nd birthday and I was being told that was too long for her to have it. After she was about 15 months, the pacifier was only .. only at night and naps.. Then gone just before she was 2.. It definitely was messing with her teeth.. even after I took it away, her front teeth were uneven. She use to hold it sideways in her mouth like popeye and she was always biting down on the one tooth.. I see some kids that have pacifiers really late (3 & 4 yr olds!) and they have teeth that look ok, but who knows about the damage it could cause in the future.. So, I say,take it away.. (: Good Luck
J.L. answers from Detroit on December 11, 2007
I took the pacifier away as soon as my kids started getting teeth but I believe that was because of a particular family members daughter. Her teeth had quite a bit of damage done. She is now 14 and she is now going to need braces. She was an extreme case but yes it can happen if that is what you are asking.