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Are pacifiers safe for my child's teeth?

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There are lots of good reasons to let your child use a pacifier, but in the long term it can affect how his teeth line up. It can also change the shape of the mouth.

Talk to your doctor if he's still using a pacifier past age 3.

SOURCES:

Beverly Largent, DMD, Paducah, KY; past president, American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry.

Mary Hayes, DDS, pediatric dentist, Chicago; spokeswoman, American Dental Association.

American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry: "Dental Home Online Resource Center,"  "CDC Report Highlights Importance of Pediatric Dental Visits," "Dental Care for Your Baby."

CDC: "Preventing Dental Caries with Community Programs," "Children's Oral Health."

Children's Dental Health Project: "Cost Effectiveness of Preventive Dental Services."

American Academy of Pediatrics, Section on Pediatric Dentistry.   May 1, 2003. Pediatrics,

American Academy of Pediatrics, Section on Pediatric Dentistry and Oral Health.  Dec. 1, 2008. Pediatrics,

American Dental Association: "Common Mouth Sores," "Good Oral Health Practices Should Begin in Infancy."

Medicinenet.com: "Thrush and Other Yeast Infections in Children."

American Academy of Pediatrics: "What is the best way to take care of a young child's teeth?"

Reviewed by Michael Friedman on July 31, 2017

SOURCES:

Beverly Largent, DMD, Paducah, KY; past president, American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry.

Mary Hayes, DDS, pediatric dentist, Chicago; spokeswoman, American Dental Association.

American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry: "Dental Home Online Resource Center,"  "CDC Report Highlights Importance of Pediatric Dental Visits," "Dental Care for Your Baby."

CDC: "Preventing Dental Caries with Community Programs," "Children's Oral Health."

Children's Dental Health Project: "Cost Effectiveness of Preventive Dental Services."

American Academy of Pediatrics, Section on Pediatric Dentistry.   May 1, 2003. Pediatrics,

American Academy of Pediatrics, Section on Pediatric Dentistry and Oral Health.  Dec. 1, 2008. Pediatrics,

American Dental Association: "Common Mouth Sores," "Good Oral Health Practices Should Begin in Infancy."

Medicinenet.com: "Thrush and Other Yeast Infections in Children."

American Academy of Pediatrics: "What is the best way to take care of a young child's teeth?"

Reviewed by Michael Friedman on July 31, 2017

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