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Angie - posted on 03/22/2011
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!
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 :-)
Angie - posted on 03/19/2011
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.
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
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.
Laura - posted on 03/24/2011
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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.
Corrie - posted on 03/19/2011
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.
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