Pacifiers have benefits but they should be seen as temporary, with your baby weaned off them by the age of two. Prolonged use of pacifiers can affect your child’s teeth and you should consult with a child-friendly dentist about their use.

Key takeaways:

  • Using a pacifier over an extended period of time can affect the shape of a child’s mouth and lead to an open bite.
  • Similar to a child who sucks their thumb, prolonged use of a pacifier can lead to protruding or misaligned teeth.
  • Teeth or jaw alignment issues from a pacifier will require future orthodontic corrective treatment.

“Consider using the pacifier to soothe your baby only as a last resort once he or she is past the age of one.”

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Dr. Rizwan Khawaja BDS (University of Manchester)

Dr Rizwan Khawaja, also known as Riz by his patients, graduated from the University of Manchester in 2010. Since qualifying he has worked across Cheshire in practices, specialist centres and treatment centres.

As a certified dentist in Inman Aligner treatments, Riz has a passion for cosmetic dentistry. He is also working towards specializing in restorative dentistry in the near future.

In his spare time, he can be found on the golf course or at Old Trafford, supporting his beloved football club, Manchester United.

He also loves travel and considers himself as a bit of a foodie!