By: Dr. Phoebe Tsang, DMD, PhD, Feb 27, 2014

Can prolonged soother use really affect my child's teeth?

Helping your child give up the pacifier.

Sucking fingers, thumbs and pacifier is a very normal behavior for babies and young children. Most children stop this habit on their own between age 2 to 4. However, prolonged finger/pacifier habit can make your children’s upper teeth tip forward and change the way their jaws grow. Your children may benefit from parents’ and pediatric dentists’ help to stop the habit.

Dr. Phoebe Tsang is a Fellow of the Royal College of Dentists of Canada (F.R.C.D.) in Pediatric Dentistry and a licensed Certified Specialist in Pediatric Dentistry in BC.  The Royal College of Dentists of Canada is an organization which ensures high standards of specialization in the dental profession and recognizes properly trained dental specialists through comprehensive qualifying exams. Visit Dr. Tsang at the Children's Oral Care Centre in Abbotsford, BC. 

Outside of the office, Dr. Tsang is a clinical assistant professor of Faculty of Dentistry who is actively engaged in teaching dental students at the University of British Columbia and general practice residents at Vancouver General Hospital and British Columbia's Children's Hospital. 

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