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How Often You Should Take Your Toddler To The Dentist

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Toddlers are an interesting age range that most people can agree starts at around one and finishes up before they reach preschool age, so around three or four. During this time your child experiences exponential growth, both mentally and physically. From a baby that can barely talk to their own little human with a unique personality and mannerisms. But during this period, they also go through a lot of changes that require monitoring, particularly around their teeth. Children's dentistry is very important for toddlers, so it is good to know what to expect when it comes to this age group.

Difference From Adults

Everyone is very familiar with baby teeth, but most people forget how painful and frustrating this can be as they grow older. Because of all the complications that can come from a whole new set of teeth developing through baby gums, most dentists would recommend that a child sees a dentist at least every 6 months, if not more regularly. This is quite different to adults, with general recommendations usually putting visits at an annual rate. Many adults take even longer between visits, but for toddlers, this is strongly advised against, always make your appointments.

Developing A Plan

Apart from just general maintenance, even at a young age, your dentist will be able to tell if there are any future problems developing. These conditions, such as an overbite or large gap teeth, do not require immediate intervention as a child, but it is good to keep an eye on them so that you know when to act in the future. Monitoring the development of your child's oral health is very important, not just for their eating and drinking but also for their speech. If your child starts having problems with any of those areas, immediately visit your dentist for a full check-up. 

Discussing Home Habits 

Another reason why it is important to take childrens dentistry seriously is that you need to know how to properly care for your child's teeth at home. Understanding what toothpaste, toothbrushes, floss, and so on, that your child needs is important to set them up for future oral hygiene habits. If you get this right from a young age, they will thank you for it once they grow up and are strict in their daily regiment. If you have any questions, remember to write them down and bring them to your next appointment so that you can get professional advice.