What age do you start going to the dentist?

Heather - posted on 06/15/2009 ( 14 moms have responded )

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My son recently turned 2 and at his check-up his pediatrician said to go ahead and schedule his first dentist appointment. I do want to encourage good dental hygiene, we started brushing his teeth (well gums I guess) from the first week he came home from the hospital, but I think he is still too young. I'm afraid it would traumatize him! He doesn't do very well with sitting still or new things. What do you think?

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TeachingTots - posted on 06/15/2009

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Our pediatrician had us wait until 3 years of age and they now go once every 6 months for cleaning. Until then we were brushing twice a day. We found an excellent pediatric dentist which really made their first visit go smoothly. Prior to the visit I showed the girls some pictures of a dentist chair, what the dentist might wear and explained what was going to happen.
I think if we had gone at 2 years of age, it would have been a traumatic experience for our children despite the fact that the hygienists entertain them with stories and songs as they clean.
I think the experience will vary depending on your child's personality as well as the hygienist/dentist. Take time to find a highly recommended one if you decide to go now. :)

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Julie - posted on 06/28/2009

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Find a pediatric dentist. Their office is set up to be kid friendly & fun. My dughter started at two & now asks to go see her dentist. The first visit is the key. make it fun!

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My pediatrician said age 2 is the best time to start with the dentist. There is a pediatric dentist in the same building as our ped, so I stopped in once to ask what the first visit is like. The nurse came out and was very nice. She explained that there is no scraping or any of the "bad stuff" that us adults tend to think of when we go to the dentist. A child's first visit to the dentist will include a quick visual check of the teeth and gums, and a cool new tooth brush (picked out by the child) and some new tooth paste. She also said that they will observe me brushing his teeth, just to make sure that I'm doing it properly and correct me if needed. Basically that's it. All while sitting on Mommy's lap even. She said that if the child gets upset, sometimes they will do 2 or 3 visits like this just until the child gets used to it. I know my son will not like the dentist (he doesn't even like laying on the scale at the doc's office) but it's just something we have to do. I've seen 2 year olds with cavities and I'm determined that will NOT be my child.

Sara - posted on 06/19/2009

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Try to find a pediatric dentist. My son was three years old and he had to have a ton of dental work done. He had caps and had teeth pulled. My younger son went to the dentist at not quite 2. They are trained to work with kids of all ages. We drive 2 and a half hours to take our kids to a pediatric dentist. Our dentist didn't even scare my son when he was getting teeth pulled.

Keisha - posted on 06/18/2009

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They say you should take them as soon as they start getting teeth. My son will be two in a few weeks and I took him for the first time earlier this week. I honestly think any earlier than two is not really necessary...although you should start the teeth brushing much earlier. Our dentist only gave him a checkup..in other words, looked in his mouth, counted his teeth, and gave him a sticker. They told me that they do not start the cleanings until after they turn 2.

Stacy - posted on 06/18/2009

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My daughter is not good at sitting still either but I was surprised at how good she was at her first dentist appointment. She was two and I scheduled her appointment alongside my husband and mine. She watched him go first then she was ready to take her turn. It was amazing. I think it is the only time she sits still even now at four.

Ashley - posted on 06/16/2009

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Were going to be taking our son (21 months) in for his first dentist visit... it will just be a visit. Nothing invasive, just the dentist looking in his mouth and getting to know my son. It will also give my son a chance to see what the dentist is. If they see something that needs to be taken care of we will book another time and my son will hopefully feel ok about going. I don't know if all dentists do this but mine is a really nice guy, and is the one who suggested it. maybe call around see if one is willing to do it. Also Pediatric Dentists are prepared for first timers.

Lauren - posted on 06/15/2009

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well i guess it depends on how your teeth are. if you have good teeth, he probably will too. in my case, i have very good teeth. i have never had a cavity. i recently went to my dentist and asked him if i should get my son in soon (he's almost two). my dentist said as long as i continue to brush my son's teeth that i could wait until he was three. if your worried about it though, make an appointment to just talk with the dentist. that way you can hear what he or she has to say and see how your son does sitting there with all the noises at the office.

Amanda - posted on 06/15/2009

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make it fun my daughters 3 and we just took her to the denist and she did amazing she LOVED it!

Teresa - posted on 06/15/2009

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i don't think it will tramatize him. my kids were going before they were two. not younger than 1 but i took them to a pediactrics dentist where they were trained for kids. they are very nice there and go very slow with what they need to and get a quick clean once they open their mouths. my daughter is terrified of men and her dentist is a guy. but shes able to open her mouth for him, with a little coaxing. its exciting to get a new tooth brush and a toy or balloon.

Amanda - posted on 06/15/2009

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we waited until our son was two and a half and he had damage from unknown sources. he had to be put to sleep for them to fix it. we brushed and flossed from the first tooth, and he still had damage. go now , if not for just a quick look from the dentist.

Sarah - posted on 06/15/2009

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both my kids have been going every 6 months pretty much from 6 months old. all the dentist did is have a quick look in their mouths, gave some advice about brushing and good dental hygiene, and then gave them a sticker. (how jealous was i!! haha!) definately nothing happened that would traumatise them. the earlier they get used to it the better! :)

Lisa - posted on 06/15/2009

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hi heather i started taking my daughter to the dentist as soon as her teeth started to come through i think the sooner u take them the better they will be.plus they gave me advice on how 2 make sure her teeth were cleaned right

Lisa - posted on 06/15/2009

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hi heather i started taking my daughter to the dentist as soon as her teeth started to come through i think the sooner u take them the better they will be.plus they gave me advice on how 2 make sure her teeth were cleaned right

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