Visiting the dentist as a toddler can be a terrifying, tantrum-ensuing experience. Even as an adult, I still struggle with maintaining regular dental appointments because of the discomfort of dental work. But taking your toddler to the dentist is an absolutely vital part of ensuring that your child keeps healthy pearly whites throughout childhood. These 11 things dentists want parents of toddlers to know can help alleviate some of the anxiety surrounding taking a toddler to the dentist, and help create healthy habits that will last a lifetime.
Although you may have already started a few healthy oral hygiene habits with your toddler, there are a variety of tips and tricks that dentists have gleaned over their years of experience with kids to help parents better support their toddler's dental health. Understanding the importance of what is going on in terms of your toddler's dental development is just like understanding their nutritional or physical development. From how to keep a toddler entertained during an office visit and when to take them in for the first time, to how important it is to floss a toddler's teeth regularly and why to avoid sugary snacks, these dentists give Romper an inside look at everything you should know about toddlers and dental health.