Dentist

Krista - posted on 03/15/2011 ( 28 moms have responded )

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At what age do you take you child to the dentist? My daughter is 17 months old now, is it to early to go to the dentist?

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Angie - posted on 03/22/2011

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Please visit the american academy of pediatric dentistry on the wen. It states to take ur child to the dentist when the frist tooth appears or before the first bday. Also dentisits don't just look at the teeth they also look at the gums. When we went at 11 months we had 2 teeth each and now going back at 17 months with 8 teeth. I'm. Hoping by going now we can nip the fear of the dentist in the butt!

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Thank-you for your concern but I'll follow the UK guidelines as I live there and am very comfortable that my son doesn't have any issues with his teeth or gums - we regularly see his health visitor who I discuss any issues with. He comes with me on my 6 month check-ups (and emergency dentist visits for my wisdom teeth) so he has been to the dentist several times and isn't scared or uneasy while there - he intereacts with the dentist and dentist nurse while I'm having treatments. I certainly think it is worth taking your child with you to the dentist (as long as you have no major fears) so they know it is something not to be feared when they do go for their check-ups :-)

Jessica - posted on 03/22/2011

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oh my God! 4 years old?! Every one needs to take care of their teeth.. no matter the age! you're supposed to take kids to the dentist 6 `months after their first tooth comes in or at 1 year, whichever comes first.

Angie - posted on 03/19/2011

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We started taking my twins to the dentist at 11 months and we go every 6 months so we are going again in a couple of weeks and they are 17 months. All they do at this age is have the techs brush their teeth and then the dentist looks at their mouth to count how many teeth have come in and how the enamal looks. I do it at this age more for the experience so they get used to going to the dentist when they are older and not be scard of it.

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Angela - posted on 03/27/2011

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I know here in Canada most dentists don't start seeing children till age 3 unless they have rotten teeth, cleft pallate or other medical reasons. They will see 16 month olds for eye health checks though.....

Deborah - posted on 03/25/2011

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We took our son at 1 year. The American Pediatrics do recommend to do it at that age (or once they start getting teeth) to make sure that their are no problems with their teeth development, but many INS. Companies/dentists don't have them come in until they are three. I don't agree with that because if you have a problem, by three years it will be really bad. I know toddlers that had to have cavities filled & root canals at that age. Plus, the early you take them the less scared they are of the dentist & the earlier they learn good hygiene habits.

Sarah - posted on 03/25/2011

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My son had 12 teeth when he turned 1 years old including a couple molars. Ive wanted to take him to the dentist but havent. he is 17 months now, but I figured that I wouldnt take him to see a dentist till he could open his mouth and say aaaaaa cuz i dont want it to be traumatic experience for him having some strange man stick his fingers in his mouth and pry it open. We brush his teeth twice a day (actually he does it) and we make sure he never goes to bed after drinking milk and stuff like that so the sugars dont stay on his teeth. We will be taking him soon though I was thinking when he was 2 just so he could understand even more than he already does.

Barbara - posted on 03/25/2011

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Regardless of the AAP recommendations every dentist does things their way. My dentist said 18-24 months.. when they could hold their mouth open when told to and would not bite the dentist.

Laura - posted on 03/24/2011

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such a difference with what eveeryone has been told but as a dental nurse and oral health educator in the uk we advise bringing children to the dentist when they get there first teeth. this is more to do with getting the chikd to sit in the chair and get used to the dentist than it is to check the teeth. and to make sure parents have all the correct information on diet and toothbrushing and they should be brought for a check up every 6mths. as a mother of an 18mth old i know how hard it can be to brush their teeth 2xdaily but this the best thing for their teeth. one of the most important things about bringing them so early is to get them used to the surrondings x

Sarah - posted on 03/23/2011

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No she not too young. My son is 17 months old and he has been going since he was born. The dentist has been checking his teeth as soon as they were coming through. THey are never too young and they feel comfortable when they go and are not scared.

Jackie - posted on 03/22/2011

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I am a dental assistant and our guidelines are to bring them at 3 years old. It is very rare to need a cleaning or check up earlier than that. As long as you are brushing their teeth at least at the end of the day that should be sufficient at that age. If the time allows in the morning it is good too but really one need to at night. Other than that unless they hit their teeth on something or you see actual decay which is very rare 3 years old is totally fine.

Lindsay - posted on 03/22/2011

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My oldest was just over 2 and my middle son was about 13mths.. My youngest will be going for the first time at the end of this month. They say that you should start bringing them around 1yo and bring them every 6mths for regular check-ups.

Jessica - posted on 03/22/2011

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Thank you Angie. And it doesn't matte rif you have 1 tooth or 4, they need to be taken care of. my daughter has 14 teeth, a dentisit appt. was a must to promote healthy habits for my daughter. I love Angie right now!

Danielle - posted on 03/22/2011

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My pediatrician told me to take him in when he hit a year, but I still haven't. We take good care of his teeth so I'm not worried, plus I can't imagine its going to be a very pleasant experience!

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That will be the difference in the UK and the US then - we are advised to speak to our dentist who will tell us when to take our child to the dentist - mine said 2 years, as did everyone elses whom I know.

We are told that we can take our child to the dentist when their teeth come in or even before but if the dentist doesn't deem it necessary (which they don't) then to follow their recomendations (2 years). That is our official guidelines from the NHS.

Angie - posted on 03/22/2011

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The academy of pediatric dentist recommenda taking ur child to the dentist by the age of 1 regardless of how many teeth ur child has.

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Jessica it seems as though your dentist has taken you for a ride, if you read the majority of posts the rest of us have been told around 2 years old which is when most of the child's teeth are in, before then we have just been encouraged to brush twice a day and follow good oral hygiene (i.e. no bottles in bed, no juice in bottles etc), it seems pointless to see the dentist when your child has 4 teeth (which is what my son had at a year).

Also many children do not have any teeth at a year old so there really isn't any point in taking a toothless child to the dentist.

Heather - posted on 03/22/2011

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My dentist said about 4 years old, so he can talk to him and their is better understanding. He said make sure to brush twice a day and watch for any brown spots. I think any sooner is just a way to get more money for the dentist.

Jessica - posted on 03/21/2011

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I took my daughter at 13 months, they cleaned her teeth and checked for cavities and then I made another appointment for 6 months. I dont know who's dentists are saying they dont see them until 3.. but thats crazy!

Corrie - posted on 03/19/2011

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I would have assumed (in fact, i did assume) that taking your child to the dentist started when they had their first tooth. My dentist told me to just book him in when he had more of the lil pegs through, but to maybe bring him along with me so he got used to it, which seems thus far to have been good, except that my dentist practice is really aweful and havent been taking patients for 4 months.... As long as Lo is USING his/her teeth, and you attempt (i mean attempt) to clean them in the bath routine, you should be fine until their toddling around and eating more chocolate!! haha.

Angie - posted on 03/19/2011

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Oh and when we are 2 is when they will start actually cleaning their teeth. Be sure to go to a children's dentist too!

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I asked my dentist when I should start takng my son to the dentist, I was told when he was about two and a half which is when most of his teeth should be in.

Olivia - posted on 03/17/2011

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My doctor told me to take her at 12 months but I did not yet. She only has 6 teeth right now. Some dentists will not see them until they are much older. I will probably wait until she is closer to 2.

Megan - posted on 03/17/2011

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My dentist said that they start to see them when they are 3 years old. Have you asked your dentist when they start seeing toddlers? I have heard of some people taking them when they are 2, but think that 3 is the norm.

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