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Orthodontic Problems

Thankfully soothers rarely cause lasting problems with the position of the teeth.

Thumb- or finger-sucking is much more of a problem with one in eight children over the age of seven having a prolonged habit.

Soother habits are usually gone by the time the adult teeth start to appear at 6 years of age. The commonest effect for the baby teeth is an “open bite” between the upper and lower front teeth.

As long as the habit is stopped by the age of six, these effects may sometimes improve spontaneously.

If the habit persists, orthodontic problems can occur and it is best to seek advice from your dentist who may be able to give some direct counselling to your child…sometimes that can do the trick!

Soother Use

Soothers should never be dipped into sweet liquids such as sweetened drinks, fruit juices, fizzy drinks or honey. Severe tooth decay can occur as the sugar is held against the baby teeth by the soother for prolonged amounts of time.

This also gives a baby a “sweet tooth” at an early age which can lead to further sugar consumption in later years.

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