Do I need to find a dentist?

Chantel - posted on 01/12/2010 ( 12 moms have responded )

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My daughter is almost 13months and she has 6 teeth with more and more all the time. At what point do I need to begin taking her to a dentist? Will any dentist do? or are there dentists that specialze in children?

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Lisa - posted on 01/12/2010

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The majority of dentists won't do an actual exam or cleaning before age three but they will suggest that you begin taking them for "smile visits" at two so they can become used to the chair and proceedure. First dentist visits can be traumatic, so the earlier you can introduce the child the better it is.

Geralyn - posted on 01/12/2010

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I asked my regular dentist. He said 3, but I honestly believe that 3 was his answer, because a 3 year old can sit in the seat and follow directions. In other words, more for the dentist's benefit than my son's. I breastfed for quite a while and wanted to make sure that my 20 month old had good oral hygiene - had heard that breastmilk, at night esp, can cause tooth decay.... I called a pediatric dentist and made an appointment. This is what I learned...



They like to see the children as early as possible once they start getting teeth. They do not do a formal cleaning til age 3, but they do an exam and give good advice on flouride, brushing, flossing, etc. Our pediatric dentist does this all for free until the child is 3 years old. I had been using a toothpaste that did not contain flouride. The pediatric dentist convinced me of the importance of flouride once they start getting teeth to not only help develop strong, healthy baby teeth, but the flouride also helps the teeth that will follow as the children lose their baby teeth. I learned that my son should have his teeth brushed 2x per day, but no less than 1x. Also, the nighttime brushing was the most important brushing and to not rinse the flouride toothpaste out of his mouth, but to let it sit on the teeth and gums to be absorbed. And not to give him water to drink after he brushed his teeth, so that, again, it wouldn't be rinsed away. During the visit, he applied a vitamin onto his teeth to be absorbed. I had no idea that early hygiene affects the quality of the adult teeth that they will get. It was helpful. Just like an adult, he will see my son (for free) every 6 months. The pediatric dentist also cautioned me that in areas where the water is not flourinated, it is especially important to have flouride toothpaste and to use it properly. He did not mention flossing, so I will talk with him about that at the next appointment. Hope this helps... it was helpful to have someone take a look and review good oral hygiene techniques....

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I have had several dentists tell me 3 years old. Our current dentist does their first "real" check up at 3, but does smile visits before so they can get accustomed to the chair and the experience to help them not be afraid of the Dentist.

Katie - posted on 01/12/2010

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My Kids wear Two When they Went To The Dentist The First Time. They Go to Kool Smiles

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Jessica - posted on 11/07/2013

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Hello Everyone,
I work for a pediatric dentist myself in the Wayne NJ area and by ADA standards your child should have their first dental exam 6 months after the first tooth breaks through.
Usually we find that alot of pediatricians and general dentists will tell you to wait till 3 because the behavior aspect of it but, we have children that come in at 3 and already have some decay going on. We try early prevention all the time with our patients and teach them young to get on the routine of coming to the dentist.
Jessica
Wayne Pediatric Dental Care 973-696-6404

Bernice - posted on 01/15/2010

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Most dentist prefer them to be 2 yrs old, introduce her to brushing, and then take her in so they give her a ride in the chair, and count her teeth. the baby teeth are very important to keep healthy, they are guides to the permanent teeth.

Julie - posted on 01/15/2010

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I took my son at a year old and they looked at his teeth and that was it, they said they would see him again in a year. I wouldn't waste the time and money. At the time I took him he had 9 teeth and 3 molars starting to come through. They told me they only needed to see him if he hits his mouth or some sort of problem arises.

Crystal - posted on 01/14/2010

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I read a pamplet at my dr. office about teeth and it said that children should have their first visit by the time they are 1.

Katie - posted on 01/12/2010

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Some Place Say one Or or four Teeth but Yes I Agree Call and FInd Out places are different

Veronica - posted on 01/12/2010

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There are pediatric dentists out there. I asked my dentist about my son, what age to start bringing him in. I was told that it is recommended that a child have there first dental visit at 3 years of age, unless you notice a problem with their teeth. And was told until then just make sure I was teaching him to brush properly with a toddler toothpaste such as orgel training toothpaste, my son loves it. I hope this helps.

Melissa - posted on 01/12/2010

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My dentist told me that he does not need to see brooke until she is two. But i would call around to some different places and ask!

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