4 Signs It’s Time to Take Your Toddler to the Dentist

Your child’s oral health will depend heavily upon their experiences with visiting the dentist. It’s your responsibility as a parent to help your child learn good oral hygiene and to stay on top of dental visits. According to the ADA, a child should start seeing a dentist before they are one year old. The more your child visits the dentist, the more comfortable they will be receiving this type of care. Let’s look at some signs that it might be time for your toddler to visit the dentist.

Six Months After First Tooth

There is no set age at which a child will start teething, but regardless of when your child gets their first tooth, you should plan a dental visit for approximately six months after that. During this visit, the dentist will need information concerning your child’s feeding practices, how you’ve been cleaning their teeth, if they use a pacifier, and if they suck their thumb. Your child will also be examined for baby bottle tooth decay. Children’s dentistry can help you with these issues.

Baby Teeth Growing Incorrectly

If baby teeth are coming in crowded, you should visit the dentist. This could be an indication that future orthodontic care will be needed. There are some types of treatment that can be done on very young children to prevent severe orthodontic problems in the future.

Mouth Injuries

It’s not uncommon for rambunctious toddlers to have mouth injuries. Mouth injuries need intervention and treatment quickly. A mouth injury could result in a dislodged tooth. These can become discolored and painful later on, so it’s important to take your child to the dentist right away.

Noticeable Cavities

Children can develop cavities at a young age. Even a baby tooth could develop a cavity. Even though baby teeth will eventually fall out, you still need to bring your child to the dentist to have the cavity looked at. Very unhealthy baby teeth can actually have a negative impact on adult teeth later on. If your child is developing cavities, it could be a result of poor dental hygiene. At this young age, it’s your responsibility to make sure teeth are properly cared for each day. Most people who stop brushing their teeth will develop cavities (tooth decay) and/or periodontal disease (gum disease). Children who aren’t having oral care overseen by an adult can develop ongoing dental problems.

Regular dental visits are crucial for people of all ages. If you’re looking for children’s dentistry services, contact Breakwater Dental today to schedule an appointment. We look forward to assisting your child with their dental health.

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