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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