Pediatric Dentitry for Fairfax Families
Your child’s smile is probably one of your favorite things — and keeping it healthy throughout childhood also requires a special approach. As your children’s dentist in Fairfax, we are experts in caring for young teeth and gums. A significant part of children’s dental care is helping ensure that they do not develop harmful habits that can lead to tooth decay and other problems — two of these are the prolonged use of sippy cups as well as pacifiers and thumb sucking.
Most kids love sippy cups, and all parents love that they make drinking easier during the transition from a bottle to adult cups while preventing spills in the process. Unfortunately, using a sippy cup for too long can contribute to tooth decay in toddlers. Your child's dentist wants to make sure you can avoid this problem.
Pacifiers & Thumb Sucking
Pacifiers can be a great comfort for babies and toddlers, and some kids transition away from the pacifier directly into thumb sucking when they need soothing in times of stress or anxiety. But just like with sippy cups, there is a hidden danger in this habit — perhaps most significantly to the development of the teeth.