GUEST POST: When To Take Your Toddler To The Dentist

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Happy Wednesday, lovelies! I hope everyone is having a great week so far!

I am excited about our post today because this is our first Guest Post. Our very first guest author is Veronica Miller, from Reviews Academy. Her interests include getting to know people and helping them, reading, and writing (which got her into blogging). Outside of blogging, she does illustrations and takes classes to become a Graphic Designer.

I really liked working with her for today’s post because she has a passion for what she does and she’s very easy to work with. Without further ado, her post is below and we both hope you’d like it!

Newborns will usually have their first tooth around six months of age. Though it’s not permanent and will be replaced soon, their biting and chewing starts right there. From sucking their thumb to putting everything imaginable in their mouth, those first set of teeth function 24/7. Because the health of your baby is your primary concern, you should be careful about your precious little one’s oral health during this period.

Importance of Taking Care of Baby Teeth

So, how many parents start cleaning their baby’s teeth right away? Unfortunately, not enough. Some parents teach them brushing only later in life but babies only depend on breast milk for a certain period of time. After that, you start feeding them solid food to give them the nutrients that they need and that’s when decay can start.

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry says most toddlers get cavities and tooth decay from their bottles. Bottles make it easy for moms to pacify a crying baby but the problem is the sugar in milk. Sugar invites the bacteria and gives room to damage the gum and teeth. If left unnoticed, they can go deeper over time and become a health hazard.

Whatever the reason, it is a fact that even infants and toddler need their oral health monitored. Some parents do not think their baby’s teeth need to be brushed or take their baby to the dentist because they are just going to fall out anyway. Nothing could be further from the truth; a child’s baby teeth are just as important as the adult teeth that are going to come in later. They can still have decay, cause gum disease and cause future dental problems if they are not taken care of.

Perhaps even more important is starting early to teach your child the value of brushing, flossing and taking care of their teeth. Teaching them to brush their teeth twice a day from a very young age is going to give them lifelong habits that will keep their oral health sound.

First Dental Visit

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It is highly recommended to visit a dentist before the child turns one. They need a normal check up prior to their first birthday. A dentist will examine their baby teeth, including their growth, look for cavities and analyze roots and gums. If it is chalky or has brown dots due to irregular brushing, the doctor cleans your child’s teeth and educates you on your child’s oral habits. He will suggest you  use soft toothbrush and recommend toothpastes that are both healthy and liked by kids, encouraging them to brush twice a day. There are toothbrushes that are specifically made for infants, but in general, a very soft bristled toothbrush will do the job.

Finding a dentist will be your first task. Make sure that you choose a pediatric dentist – a dentist that works specifically with children. A pediatric dentist has further training in the oral health of children and not only will they be able to recognize and treat problems that are common with children’s teeth, they will also know how to deal with children while they are in the dentist chair – because it can be a scary place to a little one.

Let your dentist know what you have been doing for your child’s oral health up until this point, any medical history that could be related to the teeth and what sort of diet your child eats.

You can also help by preparing your child for the dentist. Tell them what to expect and make sure that you have brought their favorite toy or blanket, or any other item that will help them feel comfortable. Make sure to ask any questions you might have about your child’s oral health. There is never a dumb question and your dentist will be happy to educate you and show you what needs to be done to prevent future dental problems.

Your Child’s Future Oral Health

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When your dental visit has concluded and you know the current state of your child’s teeth and the immediate steps that you need to maintain or correct their oral health, it is time to think about the future. The first thing that you’ll want to do is find out when your child’s next appointment will be.

This will vary depending upon the child and the particular problems (or lack of them) that your child has. If there are oral health issues, your dentist may ask you to make an appointment sooner to ensure that the treatment is working and nothing else needs to be done. If there are no problems, your next visit will probably be in six months and every six months after that.

How to Have a Better Oral Hygiene

Dental health is always underrated. Some have dental phobia. Prevention is better than cure; so maintaining proper health would keep you from making hospital visits. A toddler needs your attention; teach the good habits as soon as they start learning things. Just because your child needs comfort doesn’t mean they need a bottle; this could start a habit which might be harder to correct later on. Use pacifiers which can pave the way for a better dental development; it is safer to use.

Avoid sugary liquids (at night time when the baby is about to sleep). Brush their teeth before they go to bed at night. If they are adamant and don’t cooperate, pamper them with stories and make the cleaning process entertaining and interesting. You shouldn’t only clean the teeth, clean the gum areas as well and completely wipe off the tongue to remove food particles caught inside. Flossing is recommended to prevent the harmful bacteria from spreading.

Primary teeth are going to fall out eventually but they are the foundation for strong adult teeth. Oral care is essential as speech and appearance depend on it when they’re older, especially during the teenage years. There are a lot of cases when parents would take their kids to the dentist in order to correct the spaces between teeth and gum, fix chipped tooth, teeth stains and other imperfections, which might cost a lot. These can be avoided if we start good oral hygiene while they’re young.

So, in conclusion, take care of your toddler’s teeth before it’s too late.

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Veronica is an enthusiastic blogger that writes for Reviews Academy. At RA, she reviews entire categories of products and not individual models in order to offer you a complete picture of all options available on the market. Her mission is to provide the readers with comprehensive and trustworthy opinions to help them make the perfect buying decision.

If you’ve enjoyed Veronica’s post, be sure to head on to Reviews Academy for more reviews from her and do like her Facebook page to keep you updated.

When my daughter had her first set of teeth, I didn’t know when to bring her to a dentist. Some people told me as soon as she gets her first set of teeth; some said when she’s 2; while her pediatrician said that we could take her as soon as she turned 1 but we could wait a little more if we’d like to. And that can be very confusing for a first time mom; I didn’t know what to do. So when Veronica reached out to me and wanted to do a guest post about taking your toddler to the dentist for the first time, I had to say yes right away. I knew it’s going to help a lot of first-time moms just like myself; and for us moms, it’s just always nice to have one less thing to worry about.

In addition to Veronica’s tips above, I suggest arriving 30 minutes earlier during the first dental appointment. This will help your kid get comfortable in the new place and the new people that she’ll get to interact with during the check up. I also recommend reading reviews online or asking people you already know about the pediatric dentist to see how good they are with kids. It is very important to look for a practice that knows how to handle kids who can get anxious during the visit.

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  • Sarah Louise

    My daughter is 2 and I have yet to take her. Thanks for the motivation and knowledge to get her an appointment asap!

    • Sarah, that’s right, you do have to take her, make sure to let her know that there’s nothing scary in going to the dentist and it’s something all the other kids are doing it, as well! 🙂

    • Glad you found this helpful! 🙂 Good luck on the appointment; I hope it goes well!

  • I have two little ones and I can say from the experience of talking to others that many people definitely do not take it seriously enough! Building the good habit of brushing is probably the most important aspect of dental health for us because it is important for the kids to WANT to brush their teeth once they are old enough to do so.

    Once the child is a little older I highly recommend getting one of the toothbrushes with a timer. They even make apps for your phone now to help with this – it helps a LOT and makes it fun.

    • Thanks for the tip, Josh! Those apps surely do make our lives easier nowadays 🙂 I’m currently using one that reminds my nephew to drink a glass of water regularly, lol! I couldn’t make him drink water before using this app.

    • I agree that not a lot take dental health seriously! This is the first time I’ve heard about the app; thanks for sharing. This is definitely going to be useful when my kids are older. My daughter used to let me brush her teeth but now wants to do it on her own. I just let her do it first then tell her Mommy has to help her since she still doesn’t do a good job of brushing her own teeth. I think it might not be that long when she’s going to want to do it on her own without my help so the app will definitely help us. Thank you.

  • Good information to have– thanks! Brushing is always fun for us, the main part is that he wants to take the toothbrush and handle it himself. LOL.

    • Hahahah, LOL, Miri 🙂 We gotta let them have fun in their own way! As long as they find the process of brushing their teeth fun, then we’re doing a great job.

      • I agree! As long as they’re having fun and as long as they’re doing it, that should be fine. 🙂

    • Lol! My daughter used to just let me do it for her but now she’s probably realized that she’s a “big girl” now and wants to do it on her own. I let her do it on her own then I would tell her that Mommy needs to help her and she lets me. I find that if I set her expectation and tell her before hand that I’m going to help her after she brushes her teeth, then she does everything I said without a fight. Lol!

  • Getting kids to brush and take care of their teeth is a big job. Thank you for discussing these. I honestly hadn’t thought about some of the things mentioned.

    • It definitely really is and most of the times, they hate it and that’s what it makes it harder. I am glad you found this helpful.

  • My younger daughter has gone with my older daughter to watch and that helps!

    • Great tip! I agree, that really helps since they always want to copy us and their siblings. Thanks for sharing!

    • Thanks for sharing! That’s a really good idea! Will do

  • Nicole

    Very informative post Belle!
    xx, Nicole

    • Thank you! I am glad you liked it.

    • Thank you for reading, Nicole

  • muksak

    I had no idea they were supposed to go by the time they were one. Better get on that lol

    • I can’t blame you; I didn’t know either. Lol. Just try to schedule it as soon as you can and good luck on the appointment. I hope it goes well! 🙂

    • The sooner the better 🙂 Good luck

  • We’ve been brushing twice a day but have not been to a dentist at 18 months old! Time to make an appointment.

    • Glad you found this helpful and good luck on your appointment. I hope everything goes well.

    • Good luck, Ash 🙂 Good thing with brushing twice a day. Congratulations and keep up the good work

  • Oh wow. Very interesting. Was wondering about this for my nephew. Thanks!

    • Glad you found this helpful. 🙂

    • Thank you for reading, Michelle 🙂

  • Excellent post! Very informative!

    • Thank you! I am glad you found it helpful.

    • Thank you for reading 🙂

  • I have never heard to take them before they are one! My doctor told me before 3! Yikes! I am behind…

    • Different people have different beliefs. My kids ex-pediatricians said as soon as they’re one but told us that we could wait if we want to. We didn’t take ours until she’s 2 and her dentist said it’s still a good age so you might not be that late. 🙂 Just take your kid as soon as you can and I hope everything goes well. 🙂

    • As Belle said, different people have different beliefs. Just follow your guts, but you should keep in mind that you should take him while he’s under 5, no matter what 🙂 Good luck.

  • Jen

    Important information to have! Thanks for sharing!

    • I’m glad you liked it. 🙂 You’re welcome!

    • Thanks for reading, Jen 🙂

  • My 5 year old has been several times and will be again soon but good reminder I need to get my 2 year old in for the first time – however better watch out she is one of those ones who is always chomping those teeth down on everything!

    • Oh no! I hope she does great too and the check goes well! Good luck! 🙂

    • Haha, good luck! 🙂

  • Thanks for sharing. Our dentist didn’t want to see our children until age two, which better suited their temperaments anyways. However, we did begin bringing them in when my husband or I had cleanings so they could get used to the dentist and the office and the noises. If they were comfortable, he would simply ask if they would open their mouths so he could “count” their teeth.

    • That really helps too because they can see that Mommy and Daddy are doing it too and you know how they like to copy us. 🙂

      • That’s a good tip, actually 🙂 It’s important they understand going to the dentist and taking care of your health, in general, it’s something normal that everyone does it.

  • My son is 15months and we havent gone yet (he is also way behind as far as teeth go according to the pediatric) but we started the toothbrushing ritual before going to bed months ago already. Just for him to get this in his routine and he likes it! (so far…)

    • That’s really good! I guess as long as we make sure that we brush their teeth then that should be able to help them somehow when it’s time for their check up. You’re doing great, momma! 🙂

    • Good thing you’ve gotten him into this routine! It’s super important that he gets used to it! Good luck 🙂

  • Great tips! Dentist visits are just now to the point that my kids do well at them! Glad we started early!

    • My son hasn’t been to the dentist but my daughter did really great, so I’m hoping he will too. But I know he can be different. 🙂 Thank you!

    • Thank you Steph, those are encouraging words for all the mothers out there!

  • caseyp1110

    I did take my now 2 year old right about 1 years old. It did scare her a little but the second visit went much better! It is so important to start early!

    • I agree with you. It absolutely helps if we start early so they get into the habit and get comfortable with it.

    • I agree with you as well, Casey 🙂 You did very good taking her around 1 year old.

  • I had no idea that the recommendation was before they turn one! I guess it’s about time to take our twins.

    • Good luck taking your twins, Joanna! 🙂 Hope they will react well

  • So much good information that I had no idea about! Thanks for sharing!

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