How old was your child when they had their first dentist appointment?

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My son sees a pediatric dentist (Adventure Dental) I was told to take your child w/in 6mos of the first tooth eruption. So he went when he was about 9mos old. He has since gone every 6 mos. for teeth cleaning. At our last visit (he's now 3) I was told to start brushing his teeth 1x/dy laying down that way he can get used to having to lay down for the exam.

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Amy - posted on 12/27/2009

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My dentist said they start seeing the kids at 3 years old. all i know is it prob wouldnt go well, considering how she feels about getting her teeth brushed!

Temeka - posted on 12/27/2009

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Quoting Khristina:

Your posts made me very happy. My daugher is 2 and has never been and people tell me I should take her in. I'm a single mom and can't go myself. Thankfully I take care of my teeth and so does she. She copy's me and we brush a lot! In the beganning it helped by getting her fav character- elmo toothpaste and brush- shes loves the mixed berries flavor- she literaly eats it like candy. More tooth paste please more more she says. One of her fav books is the mercer mayer book about the dentist- i think she does want to go but we would have to travel to a nearby town that takes kids. She has all her teeth and they are all straight so i think i will wait till she is atleast 4 thanks to all your posts. but if their is an ovious issues yes take them in asap


My son is the same way - he wants to brush his teeth ALL day!  He even flosses (well, I do it for him), but when I took him at age 2 - everyone was so surprised when he saw the dentist, he ran into the hall - the dentist was standing with about 4 assistants...my son opens his mouth wide and says, "aaaaaaaw!!"  I think one nurse fell down laughing...It definitely helped having him take pride in his own teeth and get used to having his mouth open for someone else, me...



At the dentist I was able to ask him to let me brush his teeth.  This gave the dentist access to his mouth and it went VERY well.  The care we took at home basically made the dentist negligable.  However, my thought on it was get him used to it as early as possible so it's NOT a threat later.  My 1 year old daughter had her appointment at the same time and she was a bit more skeptical :-)

Mellissa - posted on 12/26/2009

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My 3 children all went when they were 1 year old. Our dentist doesn't charge for the visits they call them "Happy Visits" what they do is take a quick look in the child's mouth and then after that the dentist would have a conversation with us about the type of water the child drinks (local water (has fluoride) or bottled water (has no fluoride)). Then they would take my child back to the chair and let it go up and down and show them the various instruments. My children LOVE the dentist. When they were 2 they started to receive cleanings again covered by the insurance as insurance pays for cleanings twice a year! Our daughter is 5, middle child is 3 and my youngest is 2 (this will be our youngests first cleaning in February).

Shannon - posted on 12/25/2009

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my oldest was 2 and my twins were one. i was told to get them in at a year or 6 months after their first tooth comes in. i was told this after i had the twins. they go every 6 months now

Khristina - posted on 12/10/2009

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Your posts made me very happy. My daugher is 2 and has never been and people tell me I should take her in. I'm a single mom and can't go myself. Thankfully I take care of my teeth and so does she. She copy's me and we brush a lot! In the beganning it helped by getting her fav character- elmo toothpaste and brush- shes loves the mixed berries flavor- she literaly eats it like candy. More tooth paste please more more she says. One of her fav books is the mercer mayer book about the dentist- i think she does want to go but we would have to travel to a nearby town that takes kids. She has all her teeth and they are all straight so i think i will wait till she is atleast 4 thanks to all your posts. but if their is an ovious issues yes take them in asap

Christina - posted on 12/10/2009

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Damn, I have a Small Smiles clinic about a block away from me and have been planning to take him there when it is time. My son is 15 months and has lots of teeth now. I called them when he was around 9 months because he already had about 8 teeth and they told me 2 -3 years was the average unless there was an obvious dental problem. I will be calling them tomorrow to make his first appointment!

Reis - posted on 12/09/2009

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My kids went at two years old to sit in the chair and have the dentist count their teeth with them, then back a few months later for an actual cleaning.

Michelle - posted on 12/08/2009

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My son just went last month for the first time. He's two. They basically count teeth, brush their teeth, and look for potential problems. My dentist calls it a happy visit. He sat on my lap while the dentist looked. It went pretty good everything considered. It wasn't perfect and he was pretty scared at first, but managed to get everything done. We'll probably go in once a year for the next few years for more happy visits because everything is good. According to my dentist he doesn't need anything more then these happy visits (unless there's a problem) until he's 4 or 5.

Melissa - posted on 12/08/2009

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My daughter starting going with me when she was 1 to sit in the chair and get used to it.. but the dentist said its not necessary for her to be seen until she is about 4 years old.. unless she has any problems..

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There are books about going to the dentist to help your child warm up to the idea. Mercer Mayer has a book from his little critter series about it...I'm sure others do too...I think starting early is really helpful! Finding a pediatric dentist where they specialize with toddlers is nice! I think most regular dentists don't want to see kids so young because they are quite a handful! My son cried like crazy at his last cleaning...:( but they handle it VERY WELL!!! I just wish they would have shared that laying down for a cleaning with me a few visits ago! Then maybe he would have acted better at his last appt!!!

Ebony - posted on 12/08/2009

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@ Erin L.... I like the laying down tip I think that was a very helpful idea I've got to start trying that out myself becuz im tryin to decide when to take my daughter to the dentist... I think Im more nervous than she is!!!

Melanie - posted on 12/08/2009

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When she was 1 . our dentist said when they have atleast 4 teeth its time to start going , I took her when she was about 18 months old . and it went great my daughter loved it she didnt want to leave she cryed when it was time to go . I hope she keeps liking it her next appt is in april . good luck

Toni - posted on 12/08/2009

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I phoned a few dentists and they both said 4-5 unless there is a problem. But phone for yourself, I guess every Dentist is different.

Sharolett - posted on 12/08/2009

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My son was a year old. He also goes every six months. I started early with this one my first was 3 and he was and still is terrified of the dentist. I think if I would have started him earlier it wouldnt be so bad!

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