What age should you start taking your kids to the dentist?

Amanda - posted on 06/05/2011 ( 17 moms have responded )

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My oldest is 3 years and 2 months. Should I be taking him already? What is the recommended age to start regular visits to the dentist?

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Amanda - posted on 06/07/2011

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We were just talking about it coz we need to make an appointment soon. I'm thinking we should just take both the kids so they are familiar with it.
Both have perfect teeth and I've often had comments on how white their teeth are. They get brushed twice a day and don't have sugary drinks or snacks. I know it doesn't mean they won't have problems with their teeth but you do your best to prevent what you can

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Tell will tell you as soon as your baby has teeth. I just took my 3 year old in for her 1st visit last week. I honestly don't think she would have tolerated the visit any time sooner. At 3 she can at least follow direction. I know for a fact that if I try to take my 1 year old she will just be a screaming mess. 3 worked out good for us, she even let them clean her teeth.

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Gwen - posted on 05/29/2012

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My mom has worked in a dental office for almost 40 years. They recommend bringing in kids around age 3-4 when they are old enough to follow directions and less likely to be frightened by the bright light, etc. Of course, you should bring them earlier if you see signs of any problems. The dentist suggests using water and one of those fingertip scrubbers on their teeth as infants.

Grace - posted on 05/28/2012

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as soon as your child gets teeth. i would recommend when your child has at least 5 teeth .

Kristi - posted on 06/08/2011

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our dentist suggested I bring my son on my next visit, he is turning 5 in aug.

Jessi - posted on 06/08/2011

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I've heard the recommended age is 2yrs but I have spoken with my clinic as well as my mom's clinic and they both recommended immediately once the child is starting to teeth.

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Yes he should have been in to see the dentist. Some say at the break of the first tooth, other's say a year.

I plan on taking my daughter in here in the next month. I figure that if she gets used to it now, she wont be afraid later. She also has a lot of teeth and I want to make sure they are healthy.

Louise - posted on 06/08/2011

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My daughter went for the first time yesterday at 2 years 7 months and she is now going every 6 months for a check up. She was fine having a ride in the chair and getting a sticker for opening her mouth and co-operating. My daughter is not bothered about clinical environments as she has been to the ER on several occasions with her adult brothers who are forever having accidents at work and at home and even my daughter herself has been a patient when she stuck a leaf up her nose a couple of months ago.

If your child is shy then take him along whilst you have your teeth checked and just let him watch and then the next time see if he is willing to let the dentist have a look. Really oral hygiene should be started around the age of two.

Ginger - posted on 06/08/2011

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3 1/2 to 4 is a good time. As far as the mommy whose kid will not let the dentist check and not even her...she needs to stop being a push over. Not all cavities are visible...you are the parent for a reason. At 4 your kids should be able to listen well enough to obey and open their mouth, if not you are letting them be the boss.

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Ive always taken mine as soon as they start having teeth, the dentist barely looks at them anyway though i think she just likes to see them from a young age so they get used to sitting int he chair etc.

Amanda - posted on 06/07/2011

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my daughter is 3 and has already been to see a dentist twice now her dentist said she dosent have to if her teeth arent miscolored and they arent crooked but that if they are then she should be seen and if they arent spaced apart like they should be then she should be seen but her teeth are perfect so she dosent have to but if she is going to head start then i know in michigan they have to be seen b4 school

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My children both have gone in w/in 6 months of their first tooth. They each go every 6 months, ages almost 5 and soon to be 2. They don't like it and they fuss, but one sees a pediatric dentist and the other just a regular dentist (oddly enough the youngest has the reg dentist :( stupid office wasn't accepting new patients) Anyways...I'd be taking him! Don't wait until there is a problem!!! Often times you DONT see the problem before they can fix it!!!

Debbie - posted on 06/07/2011

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I go to the dentist myself every 6 months. He asked me before my daughter was born to bring her with me right from the start. As soon as she had teeth she sat on my lap in the chair so he could have a look at her teeth. She is now 3 and we both have our next appointment in August.

Anne - posted on 06/07/2011

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I took my son at 3 and he wouldn't open his mouth for the dentist. He is now 4 and still won't do it. I am the one brushing his teeth though and he lets me take a look once in a while. I haven't discovered any obvious cavities or anything, so I am not worried.

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As long as he isn't having major problems I wouldn't think it would be a big deal. My dentist actually told me I should be flossing my childrens teeth daily. I get it & all but I doubt he has tried to floss a childs teeth daily! I think it would be worse to force your child into a fearful situation & then have them fear the dentist because of it.

Amanda - posted on 06/07/2011

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Thanks Shelly. I don't think my son would cooperate at the moment. I think he still might be a bit young and freak out when we went in.
I'm now thinking it might be less traumatic if we hold off for abit

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