Posted on 30 July 2019 by Michael Tang

When used correctly, a soother (dummy) can be beneficial and there is some evidence that using a soother during sleep or nap time reduces the risk of SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome). 

However, reaching for a soother every time a child cries is not advised as this can lead to dental problems including:

  • Misaligned teeth
  • Incorrect development of the roof mouth
  • Incorrect jaw development

Many experts recommend that dummies should not be used after the child reaches two years of age and some suggest “stopping or limiting the use of a pacifier (soother)” after six months. The child’s dentist can offer advice on the correct use of dummies and you can find out more at

Michael Tang

Michael Tang

GDC 80508

Michael has a special interest in aesthetic dental implantology including the “teeth in a day” technique. He receives referrals from other dentists for implant surgery as well as bone and soft tissue grafting, and sinus lifting.  He is also very experienced in smile makeovers, adult cosmetic braces and non-surgical facial aesthetics.
His interest in dental implantology stemmed from a course held in Harley Street in 2005.  In the same year he deci…

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