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i took the pacifier away from my first son at 6 months, he was fine. i tried at 6 months with my second son (who is 11 months now) and he cried every night, so i gave in. at the next dr. visit i asked his ped and he said, no need to take it away before a year old. studies show it doesn't effect their teeth and it actually may decrease the risks/chances of sids. i think the older they get, the more attached they are but i've only been giving it to him at naps, bedtime and if he gets cranky when we are out. i will try again next month and keep trying every couple wks until he is off it. good luck!
But wait too long to do this. As they get older they have more of a personality and more stubbon. I waited too long with my second son who I am still fighting with to get rid of it. Around a year , 18 months the latest, I think is a great time if they seem a little more depended on it.