A pacifier is generally a good thing because it calms the baby and deters him from sucking his fingers. The pacifier protects children from anger and develops a sucking and swallowing reflex. However, from the age of 3, the child should slowly wean himself from this "soothing" agent, for the good of his teeth. Parents often use a pacifier as a means of protecting their nerves, which is why it is called pacifier in English. The pacifier is a reliable companion for a young family and 80% of children have the need to suck, whether it is a pacifier, thumb, plush toy and the corner of a blanket or blanket. Of all these possibilities, it sucked the best choice, considering that weaning is the simplest.
Prolonged use of the pacifier leads to improper placement of teeth in the jaws, an open bite between the front teeth, which interferes with proper chewing, pronunciation and biting off food. Weaning from the pacifier should begin no later than 3 years of age. In principle, a child who is weaned before the eruption of permanent teeth, ie. before the age of six has a good prognosis, that is, there is a chance that the permanent teeth are properly placed in the dentition and that an open bite is avoided.
If the pacifier is already in daily use, we recommend at least reducing the time of sucking after the age of three. This is especially important because the use of a pacifier during this period can have an adverse effect on the development of correct speech.
From birth to the age of 9 months, the baby has a more pronounced need to suck, which weakens over time. Parents should not offer a pacifier on their own if the child does not ask for it, even while sleeping. It is also important to reduce the time of sucking during this period, so that the child will be offered a pacifier only in a certain period or in a certain place, e.g. only in a stroller, car or if the child is angry.