Alternately called dummies or pacifiers, soothers are used by parents throughout the world to quieten babies. Apart from soothing a child, dummies have also been linked with a reduced risk of SIDS or Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. However, soothers can also impact negatively a child’s teeth and oral health.

Because of the constant sucking motion, the overuse of soothers can lead to:

• Impaired jaw growth

• Misaligned or protruding teeth

• An overbite or open bite

Dental experts recommend that infants should be “completely weaned off a pacifier by age two” and many suggest it should be even sooner. Regular check-ups with the child’s dentist will help in spotting potential issues. For further information on this topic, you may find the following link helpful –