My son always needs a dummy to stop crying and likes a little honey on it. Is this going to be a problem for his teeth in the future?

Sucking is a natural instinct of infants. There has been debate in the past as to the usefulness of pacifiers (dummies). It appears that the benefits outweigh any potential shortcomings for children. If it helps to comfort your baby then use the pacifier. Use one with an oval shaped teat and a large flange that sits on the outside of the mouth. This type is recommended for safety and for better dental development. It a pacifier is used for long periods when the child is a toddler, they may develop and open bite (where the front teeth do not meet together), this will usually correct itself with normal growth once the pacifier habit ceases. Never put honey, jam, syrup on the dummy as this can lead to extensive tooth decay.

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