Dentist time??

Smriti - posted on 10/26/2010 ( 28 moms have responded )

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Does anyone know when it is appropriate to take your child to the dentist, my 14 month old little girl has 8 teeth and I'm not sure when we should be getting a check up? any ideas?

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Elissa - posted on 10/26/2010

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In my area they run the child smile program where you see the dental nurse at 3 and 6 months for general advice on weaning, tooth care etc. At 1 year they see the dentist to check their teeth. This was brought in because West Coast of Scotland has horrendous child tooth decay rates. So since she has teeth I would take her as soon as. And you should brush her teeth morning and night then let her play with and chew the toothbrush to get used to the feel and taste.

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Sarah - posted on 11/24/2010

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My dentist said to bring him in around a year and a half or when he gets all of his teeth, just to get him used to the chair, and at 2 years he'll have his first check up!

Helen - posted on 11/19/2010

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i recently took my 14month old to the dentist and all the dentist really did was count his teeth but as i have a fear of the dentist i thought it best to take my son from this early age to get him used to it as he grows up. my 6 1/2 year old step daughter also went from a young age and she loves going!

ReBecca - posted on 11/11/2010

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I just talked with a dental hygienist today who said at 2 years old they can use flouride and don't need to really see a dentist til 3 years old.

Staum - posted on 11/07/2010

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There really should be no reason at this age your child should need to see a dentist! Just make sure you are brushing your daughters teeth regularly (i do my sons after every feeding time to teach him to asociate teeth brushing with eating) and dont feed them foods high in sugar like apple juice and other known bad foods that will cause tooth decay!

Autumn - posted on 11/07/2010

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My son is 15 months and I asked my dentist when it would be good to take him in after he got his first tooth. She told me that normally she waits till they are at least one but will see them younger if the parent wishes. So in all I think it has to do with the dentist and what they are willing to work with. >^^

Tanya - posted on 11/06/2010

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most places I read before they turn 1,and others once they have 8 teeth so I'd say anytime now :) My son went at 11.5 months. You should look for a pediatric dentist.

Tracy - posted on 11/06/2010

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You are supposed to take them to the dentist when they are a year old, this however is only if you have a pediatric dentist in your area otherwise a normal dentist doesn't want to see them until they are 3.

Christine - posted on 11/05/2010

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as early as 1 or 2 yrs. old you can have your child visit the dentist, just having the child familiarize and getting used to the dental clinic environment. then as soon as all the 20 primary teeth or milk teeth has erupted, he/she should have regular visits to the dentist like every 6mos. for check-ups and cleaning so as to monitor the child's oral health and the eruption of the permanent teeth.

Krista - posted on 11/04/2010

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I took Caleb at 9 months (he already had 6 teeth by then) the dentist didn't think this was strange nor did any of the staff members.

Miranda - posted on 11/04/2010

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I don't want to make anyone upset but I think that the dentist is trying to get more money if they recommend you take them under the age of 3 if there isn't a medical need.

Alynndea Fawne - posted on 11/03/2010

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and every time they go my dentist puts a sealent on there teeth and that helps pervent cavity's

Alynndea Fawne - posted on 11/03/2010

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i've been taking mine since she was 6 months my dentist said thats what there asking parents to do now and lyndee only had 1 tooth i'm taking her for another check up this month she now has 8 teeth 6 on top 2 on bottom i think when you start young they are not scared of the dentist my 2 and 4 yr old love going to the dentist my 4 yr old does it all by herself

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my son has 6 teeth now and i haven't yet brought him to the dentist. unless you notice something odd about his teeth don't worry about taking him until he is 2 or 3

Joy - posted on 11/03/2010

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I think each dentist is different. Last time I was in, mine scheduled an appointment for my daughter next June when she'll be 22 months. Next June is also their promotional month for children and teeth. The dentist said they'll just be getting her used to the dental chair and instruments they use. It won't be a full check up. She said that if I wanted I could do one earlier than that, but didn't think it was necessary.

Stephanie - posted on 11/03/2010

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My uncle is a dentist and he told me age 3 is when they start doing regular check ups. But I took my older daughter (who is now three) with me to get my teeth cleaned when she was two and the hygenist (who happens to be my sister) put her in the chair for about 5 minutes, showed her some of the tools, and took a look in her mouth. This just gave her a little experience without freaking her out!

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I took my daughter to the dentist when she had her first teeth (2) at about 9 months old...I was told by her pediatrician that you should take them when they get their first teeth or are at least a year old....I took her to Small Smiles...the are a dentist chain that cater specifically do children....and they were real nice...

Michelle - posted on 11/03/2010

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I took mine to a pediatric dentist right before she was a year old because the books advise to, but I feel it was kind of a wasted trip, all she really told me was to keep them clean and no bottles during the night, which I already knew. My regular dentist said 2-3 years old, so I think I'll wait till then and take her to my regular dentist

Erin - posted on 11/02/2010

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I took my older son to the dentist a few months after he turned two. His teeth were perfect but he was still on the pacifier and I wanted a dentists opinion. My younger son will be 16 months when he goes and that's just because I wanted to keep them both on. The same schedule so I was only going twice a year instead of four times. They had no problem with seeing him this young and he only has four teeth currently.

Miriam - posted on 11/02/2010

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my LO went to dentist for the first time when he was 9 months. really just to get used to the enviroment and chair!! he liked it but didnt let the dentist to check his teeth. my dentist said its good to start early as if you take them in for the first time when they 3 or older they can be afraid of them... we have another check up at 6 months time

Maricela - posted on 10/31/2010

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here in Texas we take babies at 6 months and then every 3 or 6 months depend on the dentist

Kristen - posted on 10/29/2010

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ive heard at 18 months they should have their first check up just to make sure everything growing good and no problems , my daughters 15 months almost and she has 10 teeth, but ill be waiting till 18 months then take her in! hope this helps! =)

Shonna - posted on 10/29/2010

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My son started going to the dentist to get his teeth cleaned when he was 3 and they have him go once a year until he has all of his adult teeth in then they'll have him go every 6 months

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They only have milk teeth... just make sure to clean them regularly and she'll be fine! Wait till her adult teeth start coming in then call the dentist!

Blackwood - posted on 10/28/2010

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I was just at my dentist and asked the same question. She said that as long as you are brushing them, and then getting your little one to try it out and keep an eye out for brown spots, bleeding gums, ect. then she feels there isn't really a need to see them till about 5 or 6 years old. A friend of mine was told the samething from a different dentist.

Jenny - posted on 10/26/2010

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my son has 13 teeth and we spoke to the dentist who said that they don't start checking childrens teeth until they are at least 3. but it is advisable to take them to the dentist with you and into the room if the dentist will allow it so that they get used to the environment. hope this helps

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