Will a pacifier or a bottle at bedtime create dental problems for my 17-month-old daughter?
s enjoy sucking on a pacifier to sooth themselves in stressful times or help them fall asleep. The pacifier really doesn't cause any dental problems, and most babies give it up by 3 or 4 years of age, though sometimes with encouragement. The bottle before bed, however, can cause cavities, especially in the front teeth. Try giving the bottle well before your baby
goes into the crib, and substitute a favorite blanket, soft toy, or the pacifier to help her to go to sleep.