When should a child give up their pacifier? Many parents find it a huge milestone that they aren’t always eager to reach, especially when a pacifier helps sooth their child or ease them into sleep. The truth is, your child needs to be giving up their pacifier around the time of their first birthday…when teeth are beginning to erupt, or at the very latest around 18 months of age. The last thing you want to have is a preschooler that still relies on a pacifier. Extended sucking on pacifies or fingers can interfere with proper tooth positioning, jaw development, and even their facial profiles as they age. Misaligned teeth, overbites, and recessed jaws will affect them for years, as well as make orthodontic treatment a definite need in the future. Teeth with over-jets are more likely to become fractured during bumps or falls.
There are a variety of approaches for giving up the pacifier. Reducing the times your child gets it is an easy first step…not letting them have it except during naps or bedtime. Some parents find it successful to cut the end of the pacifier off. The child then sees the pacifier has “broken” and finds that it is not comfortable to suck on. Other parents take it away cold-turkey. No matter what the approach is, most likely it will take at least a few days for your child to self-soothe during resting times without it.
Don’t worry…taking the first steps toward breaking a pacifier can be scary, especially for new parents! After a few days, and without going back to it, your child will do just fine.
Posted on behalf of Dr. Brett Gluck, DMD, MS, PC
Want to give a Christmas gift that will quite possibly be the best thing a person could ask for? Whether it’s for you or someone you love, giving the gift of braces is something that dramatically improves a person’s quality of life. Not only do braces improve a person’s dental health, they also affect the way they look and feel about themselves around other people.
When you meet someone, their smile is one of the very first things that you notice. A lack of a smile may make someone seem standoffish or unfriendly, but the truth may be that they simply don’t enjoy smiling because they don’t like how their teeth look. Misaligned teeth are also more likely to have gum disease, bone loss, and cavities than teeth that are straight. Properly aligned teeth will not wear down prematurely the way that crooked teeth do, and can subconsciously make a person feel more confident when they’re around other people.
Even if you don’t know what type of braces you want or need to get for you or someone else, that’s ok. Your orthodontic provider can help you decide what type of treatment can help achieve the look and need that you’re searching for, and describe the advantages to each type of therapy as they relate to your needs.
Affording orthodontic treatment doesn’t have to be difficult. Many insurance providers cover at least a portion of your care, and then orthodontist will typically provide some type of in-office or 3rd party financing to help bridge any remaining financial investments. Investing in a healthy, beautiful, straight smile is a decision that you’ll never regret making.
Posted on behalf of Dr. Brett Gluck
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