Breaking the Habit
Most kids stop sucking between the ages of two and four, or by the time that their permanent teeth are ready to erupt. That said, if you notice changes in your child's primary teeth or are just concerned about your child's pacifier or thumbsucking habit, it’s time to check with your pediatric dentist. A dentist might recommend a mouth appliance to help break the habit.
Encouragement and praise are tools that you can and should use at home to help your little one break the habit. Kids often suck their thumbs if they’re seeking comfort or if they’re feeling insecure. That’s why, instead of scolding or reprimanding your child, focusing on addressing the cause of the anxiety can help.
For babies who need a little extra comfort and soothing, pacifiers can be an invaluable tool. But like all good things, they’re best used in moderation. With a bit of care and oversight, you can ensure that your baby enjoys the pacifier without experiencing any pacifier teeth!