Why is Taking Your Child to a Pediatric Dentist Before the Age of One Important?

Answer – Baby Bottle Tooth Decay!

Baby bottle tooth decay occurs when liquids that are sweet or have natural sugars stick to your baby’s teeth for a long time, causing bacteria in the mouth to make acids and attack the teeth. It is often associated with using a baby bottle, but can also occur during breastfeeding.

Some things that can cause baby bottle tooth decay are:

  • Milk, formula, and sugary fruit drinks
  • Pacifiers that are dipped in sugar

Dr. Azar, our pediatric dentist in Stafford, VA works on the oral health of babies, children, and adolescents. Taking your child to the dentist prior to their first birthday is important because having healthy teeth and healthy habits from day one can prevent further damage in the future. For example; did you know that pacifier and thumb sucking can even effect jaw growth and development? Through pediatric dentistry, we are able to focus on early detection, prevention, and treatment of dental diseases and common dental problems.

To meet with our board-certified pediatric dentist in Stafford, VA contact Dr. Azar and the professionals at Junior Smiles of Stafford today! (540) 699-2441.