Dentist?

Mari - posted on 02/24/2010 ( 28 moms have responded )

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My 15 month old has has 10 teeth, my mother-in-law says she is too young to go to the dentist. I want to take her though. When is the right age to take your child to the dentist?

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Marie - posted on 03/13/2010

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I took india at 8 months when she had two teeth and my dentist was brilliant with her .But he told me i should of taking her when the first one came through

Jen - posted on 03/12/2010

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I have not taken my 16mth old yet, but when I asked a dentist friend of mine he said around when they start getting their first teeth or 12mths. The reason is they want to check to see how they are coming in, but more importantly give parents information on how to keep their child's teeth healthy. They'll tell you about good brushing habits, limiting the amount of sugar and foods with a lot of acid they get, not putting them down for naps or bedtime with a cup or bottle of milk/juice, not giving young children soda, and different things like that. Don't worry that you have not taken your daughter yet, but if you are ready to take her then call your dentist and make an appointment.

Jennifer - posted on 03/12/2010

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My dentist says first birthday or 8 teeth, whichever comes last! So I would check with your local dentists because there is no set rule. I will say that when you wait until they are completely aware, they are more frightened.

Hollie - posted on 03/12/2010

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Everything I have read says it's okay to have a dental check up at 1 year. I haven't taken my 15 month old yet but was considering it as she has a mouth full of teeth! She loves brushing every day though...

Holland - posted on 03/11/2010

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I've heard 6 months after their first tooth shows up otherwise around their first birthday.

Tracy - posted on 03/11/2010

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My dentist says they should go once they are 3... Obviously you should still be brushing the teeth at home and practicing good dental care before that but a cleaning isn't necessary until 3 she says... My son loves our dentist soooo much he begs to go so he goes every 3 months or so to see her and gets a cleaning every 6 months.. He is 8 and has been going to her since he was 4... :) As long as your not feeding your kid junk and soda the baby teeth shouldn't have a problem according to the dentists I have spoken too and what I have read... :) Good luck, finding a great dentist is the key.. I am so lucky to have found mine.. My daughter is 15 months old and I have taken her with me so she sees what is done which never hurts either.. She also brushes her teeth (she has 5) with her Abby Kadabby Toothbrush daily... :)

Christine - posted on 03/11/2010

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Our 15 mo old has 16 teeth. We took her to the dentist a few weeks ago and all they could really do is peek in her mouth. Unless your child will sit still and let you poke around in their mouth freely I wouldn't bother going. A lot of kids are a little shy at this age. It's just too difficult to get them to sit still and be examined. My dentist said unless the teeth are really crooked or discolored or anything else you think isn't normal then you can wait till your kids is a couple years old... Just be sure to brush their teeth every day :)

Pam - posted on 03/10/2010

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I just took my daughter Molly, who turned 15 months on Feb. 25th, to the dentist for the 1st time just this past Tuesday. We didn't get alot accomplished because she wouldn't open her mouth, except when she would let out a couple of cries. From what he did see, he said all looked well and he wanted to continue to see her every 6 months, and for the next 2 or 3 visits, we would just concentrate on getting Molly comfortable with the setting and with getting to know him, which I thought was a wonderful idea!!! I was terrified of dentists all of my childhood and half of my adulthood because of a BAD experience with a dentist when I was about 5 or 6. I am grateful for finding Dr. Clyde and I think his associate will be wonderful with my daughter. Our 1st visit was worth it just for the conversation and expectations that were discussed. It was kinda like a meet and greet! Would recommend a 15 month visit.

Kimberly - posted on 03/10/2010

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i heard that u cant take babies to the dentist until they are at least a year old..and just look around and ask...not all dentist will take babies at 1yr..here in mississippi i know some will take babies at 1 year old..hope this helps

Clare - posted on 03/10/2010

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its never to early to take them to the dentist it will also get them used to going and what they need to do when they are there i took my son when he was 6months old he has been twiced since then and he is getting used to having his teeth brushed to

Cheryl - posted on 03/10/2010

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I am a dental nurse with a 5year old son and 1 year old daughter. I have taken my son since he was born every time I have been for my 6/12 check up. He has never refused to get in to the chair. From when he was about one he popped onto the chair himself to have a ride on the 'magic chair' Make it fun and don't show your fear if you are scared yourself. Keep brushing.

Kele - posted on 03/09/2010

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My dentist also said 3 years, but it isn't a bad idea to bring them with you when you go, to get them familiar with the dentist. The first appointment the dentist just counted my son's teeth and made sure they looked good. Prior to that appointment both of my children got fluoride varnish applied to their teeth. Kylar was only 7 months old at the time and only had four teeth. I would strongly recommend doing this. It is a protective coating that is painted on their teeth to help prevent cavities.

Mel - posted on 03/09/2010

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as soon as she gets some teeth you can bring her to the dentist.. most pedo dentists start seeing children at 24 months.. even sooner if parents notice staining or anything worry some about their kids teeth or even if they fall and hit their face its important to get them checked out

Karen - posted on 03/09/2010

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My dentist said Sydney had to have 8 teeth to be seen and I actually took her the week she was 15 months. We went and saw a pediatric dentist. Hope this helps and good luck!

Stephaine - posted on 03/09/2010

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U can take them as early as 6 months... : ) or when they have their first tooth. I have been taking mine since she was 6 months and they say that is awesome and she looks great

Melinda - posted on 03/09/2010

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Well to be honest with you my daughter went when she turned one. Some dentists are accepting new patients at the ago of 6 months. I'd go ahead and take her to get checked up on. The dentist just looks at her teeth and teaches you the proper way to brush her teeth. My daughter loves to get her teeth brushed. Well good luck

Amy - posted on 03/08/2010

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alot of dentists won't even take kids before they turn 5. some start at 3. my son has 7 teeth, and deffinitely some on the way (judging by fussiness and biting things) but i'm not even gonna worry about that til around 3. just make sure to brush your little ones teeth daily and if you have concerns you can always talk to your regular doctor.

Stacyee - posted on 03/08/2010

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Always check your children's teeth while you are brushing them....if you see any dark spots or by all means if they complain of pain (other than cutting a tooth), get them in. My husband is a dentist and we usually recommend that parents bring them in around 2-2 1/2 with the parent so they can see what goes on. Usually the hygienist will give them a "ride in the chair" and take a peek. Unfortunately, children will not usually allow xrays to be taken before they are 3 or so, and that's when you normally would see the decay present between the teeth (where MOST cavities start)

Sadie - posted on 03/06/2010

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You pediatrician should be able to link you to a dentist who will see you child now. Once kids have that many teeth that should at least be looked at, kids can actually have full decay and issues by the time they are 2....

Roni - posted on 02/26/2010

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I was told to take them in as soon as they got their first tooth. I think my son had 2 when I took him for the first time but I didn't take my daughter until she was around 2. The only thing the dentist really did was look at his teeth and perscribe floride. I think we are supposed to take them so early because we don't have floride in our water so they want to make sure they start getting the drops.

Shannon - posted on 02/26/2010

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My now 15 month old has just as many teeth as your lil one. She loves to brush her teeth. I would say as long as you think her teeth are looking good, there should not be any worries to get her into the dentist. Your ped. should be able to look at your daughter's teeth and tell you if they are growing properly and looking good or not :) I didn't take my now seven year old until she was 3 1/2, as dentist won't usually do anything until then. Even at 3 1/2 they may not have any success because your lil one will be scared and may not want to open her mouth. Most dentist will be concerned about traumatizing her at a young age and then it would be really hard to doing anything to her teeth when she really does need a dentist. Hope this helps your decision :)

Angela - posted on 02/26/2010

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I asked my dentist and they took mine at 8 months or so. One of the parenting mags I read had dentists saying at a year or they had an "8 tooth rule". As Jeanine suggested, I took mine in when I had a teeth cleaning and they just looked at her after my appointment. It was quick, there was no cleaning or brushing, but she did get a toothbrush from the dentist and we got some good suggestions on how to make brushing OK for little Doris and now she runs to the bathroom when I say "let's brush teeth" before bedtime.

Vicki - posted on 02/26/2010

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I asked my dentist this as my son has lots of teeth too (currently 14). He said to wait until their 2 1/2 or 3 before taking them, unless you think they have a problem with their teeth. He said before this it can frighten them, as trying to look into their mouths when they don't want to you is impossible. He said just make sure you are brushing them twice a day and wait until then.

He did however, say to bring my son with me when I go for my check ups so he knows it is nothing to worry about and it is perfectly normal to have your teeth checked.

A'Kia - posted on 02/25/2010

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I took my daughter at 12 months and was told I could have brought her as early as 6 months. So take yours when you are good and ready.

Ashley - posted on 02/25/2010

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i agree with misty, check with your dentist and see what the youngest age they take them is. if it's not until 3, find a pediatric dentist they can see before that. if you wouldn't wait 3 years to see a dentist, why should your child?

Kristi - posted on 02/24/2010

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I took my son a month ago to our program at the hospital called "tiny tooth" - which is basically a dentist that gets him used to having his mouth prodded :) I think it's a great idea!

Jeanine - posted on 02/24/2010

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Even if your dentist won't check your baby's teeth...I say, take him/her in with you when you have your teeth cleaned. Let them check it out and get used to the idea before taking them for their own exam. I did this with my 6 year old ( she had her first appt. at three) and it helped her get acclimated. I plan to do the same with my 15 month old.

Misty - posted on 02/24/2010

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take them as soon as your dentist will allow...they told me that they couldnt go until they were 3 and now my 3 and a half yr old has had to have her 4 front teeth pulled because of a tooth enamel deficiency that probably could have been stopped had i taken her earlier..now she sees a pediatric dentist and they see them as early as 18 mths..so needless 2 say when my twins are 18mths...now 15 mths..they will be going to prevent any problems...good luck!

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