When Can I take my baby for her first Dentist Appt.?

MICHELLE - posted on 05/29/2011 ( 7 moms have responded )

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My daughter is one year and i am concerned about her teeth. Does anyone know when the best time to take them to the dentist is?

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Brittany - posted on 05/30/2011

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Most dentists won't see them until they are a year old. Has your Ped not told you to setup an appointment yet? One year is the perfect time.

Ashley - posted on 05/30/2011

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If you have concern, I'd take her. If you have no concern.. I wouldn't. My mom works in a dentist office and most children don't really Need to go until they're three or four. You could end up traumatizing a child if you take them too early (it really depends on the child.) I don't plan on taking my daughter until she's 3-3.5.. She scares Really easy and I'd rather her not have the same experience I had as a child the first time I had to go to the dentist. :/ I was scared and they strapped me down to the chair. They almost had to use sedatives on me. Needless to say my mom didn't take me back to the dentist for a long time.. and I still have issues with going to the dentist.

MICHELLE - posted on 05/30/2011

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Thank you for tlhe advise it was very helpful. I want to make sure she has healthly teeth.

Heidi - posted on 05/29/2011

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My kids go to Dentistry for Children. I asked them when should my baby boy see a dentist and they say 6 months after their first tooth comes in. The bad thing is that most insurances wont cover it until they are 4 or 5 years old. But if you do have insurance or can afford it and are concern then I would take her to a children dentist. My older two kids love going and even ask when they can go. So picking the right dentist is just as important.

Melissa - posted on 05/29/2011

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I agree with Krista. If she has teeth then she is old enough. Me personally I did not take my daughter until she was four and I will take my son at 2 and a half. But I never had concerns. When they have check ups their doctor checks their teeth. Still does. You may want to bring your concern up to her doctor at her next appointment and look into getting her into a dentist.

Krista - posted on 05/29/2011

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If she has teeth, then it is time to take her. And if you have concerns about her teeth, then it is DEFINITELY time to take her. They may only do a quick look-over, but if nothing else, it'll allay your concerns and will also get her used to going to the dentist.

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