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oink17 asked:
When is a good time or age to bring my toddler to see a dentist?

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Arora Valley answered:
At around one year old, you should take your child to the dentist. Your baby should have a few teeth by this age. The dentist will check that the teeth are in order, with no signs of tooth decay or gum disease. He will provide you with advice on how to care for your baby’s teeth if needed, as well as telling you when to come for the next check-up. Children, like adults, are advised to go to the dentist every six months; this will likely be the advice given to your baby too. It is a good idea to take your baby or toddler to the dentist with you when you go for yourself, so that he gets used to the sights, sounds and smells of the dentist’s surgery. This way, the dentist’s surgery is not an unfamiliar or scary place when he actually does need to visit the dentist for his own appointment.

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Yeo_Siang_Khin answered:
A toddler's first visit to the dentist should be approximately 6 months after the appearance of the first milk tooth in the mouth. This is when the toddler is around the child's first birthday. It is an introductory visit just to allow the toddler to get comfortable with the surroundings as the dentist checks his teeth. The parents will also be advised on maintaining good oral hygiene procedures and dietary counselling will also be done. It is important for an early start to prevent problems such as early childhood caries. After the first visit, six-monthly visits should be maintained on a regular basis.

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Xiao Ming answered:
I am working as a part-time dental nurse now. I have ever asked my dentist this question, he told me as long as he/she has tooth, we can bring them to the dentist. However, they might feel scared to be sit on the dental chair. Therefore, be mentally prepared that they will make noise then. I plan to bring my son to the dentist when he is 2 yrs old, let dentist check whether there is any decay. i have been seen many toddlers went for filling, some even required to do root canel treatment, which is too suffering for them. If there is early signal for decay, try to fix them asap. Also, good habit is also important, brush teeth before sleeping or at least drink some plain water after milk or food.

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Narunaru answered:
Just few weeks ago I brought my ten month old daughter to see a dentist at national dental centre. Dentist will access her teeth (8) and gum health, my brushing methods and her feeding pattern. Dentist says children who are exposed to dental check regularly not only improve oral health, children also benefit from dental check up procedures being less withdraw and know what to expect. I would recommend early dental check up once baby has teeth.

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Jen75 answered:
Any expert in toilet training a 4 year old girl?

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Jen75 answered:
I would think about 2 years old. Its good to let the dentist check and wash. I have a friend whose kid loves to eat sweets and she has a hold in her teeth when she is only 2years old.

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meplaa answered:
around 1 year++, around 4 months she has already 2 teeth.

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Alision answered:
1 year old or when the child has the teeth

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Linda answered:
hmm.. i think i will start bringing my 4 year old girl to the dentist. let the dentist teach her the proper brushing methods and frequency of brushing. she will be sure to follow better haha

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Florencia answered:
Rachel, I bring my son to the neighborhood dentist. =)

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Rachel answered:
wow.. i also thinking when to bring my kid of 2 yrs to visit a dentist... cos i can see his teeth starts to turn a bit yellowish.. as for dentists; u bring ur bb to those neighbour ones or must bring them to those specially for kids (in hsp types?)

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April answered:
My husband plans to bring our girl to the dentist when she turns one and my first reaction was, I think that is too early but he managed to comvince me. And my nurse friend who also has a 8 month old son advised the same too. Apparently the dental vist at one helps to diagnose and treat tooth decay also helps to ensure long term proper oral health and care. Not only can we learn good techniques to wash our babies' teeth, we can also break the cycle of tooth decay which can happen as early as 8 months old. Prevention is always better before the problem starts.

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Florencia answered:
Oh... forgot to add. It's better to bring when your kids' teeth are still healthy! So, bring the kid in the good times so he/she won't be traumatized with dentist's experience.

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