.when should i take him to a dentist?

Jennifer - posted on 12/15/2010 ( 37 moms have responded )

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my son is 8 1/2 months old and has 8 teeth and is working on 4 more including his 1 yr mollers. .when should i take him to see a dentist??

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Esther - posted on 12/17/2010

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I am totally with those that say take them in early. My own dentist had told me 3 as well but then my friend took her 2 year old in and he had 5 cavities already! And yes, she brushed his teeth religiously and he got no sweets. The culprit was breastmilk according to the dentist. So I rushed my not quite 2.5 year old to a pediatric dentist right away. Thankfully we have had no problems and it was a great first experience for him which was very important to me because my husband is terrified of dentists and that's a legacy I do not want to pass on to my son. On his second visit (again before 3) the dentist noticed that his bottom molars are close together so we now have to make sure to floss those carefully. I'm so happy that we took him in relatively early and perhaps prevented problems and prevented a fear of the dentist by making these first visits pleasant. I also recommended him to my other friend and she took her 3 year old there for his first visit - 8 cavities!!! The dentist said that these days 60% of kids get their first cavity before the age of 4. Who would want that to be their first experience with a dentist?

Jessica - posted on 12/17/2010

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i took mine to the denist at 2 1/2 yrs old but u should take him now silver cause i wanted and my kid had to have 5 caps and 2nerves out and 4white caps

Barbora Milena - posted on 12/16/2010

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hi, my dentist told me to start brushing teeth as soon as they show up, with the special baby totohpaste, which is safe in case they would swalllow it...n he said to show for the first time when my girl will be 1yr old, so she will just get used to the fact someone will look inside her mouth... the thing is if you come when there is problem, its too late...the child will be stressed from the new place n people n will not sit still n cooperate, so his/hers first dentist appointment will be a bad experience and will affect his future habit in visitin dentist...

Kate CP - posted on 12/16/2010

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The reason you should take them when they are young is because they need to get used to having some one poke and prod around in their mouth. Also, when they get their molars in you should have the dentist put a sealant on them.

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Grace - posted on 12/18/2010

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Wow, very controversial, I have 3 kids, aged, 23, 12, and 11, all three have regularly gone to the dentist since the age of 3, which is when my dentist wanted to start seeing them, however, when I had appointments my babies went with me and sat on the chair with me, so they were familiar with the dentist and how it works, so there was no upset when they started to see the dentist, as they knew what to expect (so problem solved there). None of my children have had a cavity yet, however my oldest had braces, my middle child is just starting that process and my youngest will be getting them next year. So although I have been diligent with their oral care, does not mean that going to the dentist and an earlier age will prevent dental problems, it does not work that way, It helps that is for sure, proper dental care and cleaning does help with prevention, however we can't forget about genetics, that is something you cannot prevent. My opinion is this, do what you feel comfortable with. My daughter got all her teeth in early, she had her first tooth my 2 months, she had 6 teeth by the time she was 4 months old, she had her 6 year old molars and the age of 4 yrs old, and her teeth and gums are fine, she has never had any work done on her teeth and gums besides cleaning and flouride, and she is now in the process of getting braces, thanks to genetics. Just laugh you'lll know what to do.

Bobbie - posted on 12/17/2010

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my pediatrician always checked that for me. i didn't take my daughter until she was 3 at my doctors suggestion.

Claire - posted on 12/17/2010

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i took my daughter eith me just befor she turned two, this is when the dentist recommed, they dont really do anything, its more about getting them used to going so they arnt scared when they are older, Mia had her teeth counted and a sticker and she was quite happy.

Esther - posted on 12/17/2010

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Just wanted to add that the 3 year old's teeth looked fine, he wasn't in any pain and they always brushed his teeth.

Melissa - posted on 12/16/2010

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I took her very young when I had my appointments. They let her sit in the chair with me and give her a "ride" on it. It helped her get used to the idea of going. Of course they didn't charge her insurance for that.

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I plan on getting my daughter in as soon as I can. I figure that if I get her in now she wont be as afraid when she's older.

Rosie - posted on 12/16/2010

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i didn't take my children in to the dentist until they were 2-3 either. i thought it was pointless before. i know it's recommended, but i knew my kids didn't have any problems.
my oldest one is the only one that has sealants on his teeth, and just got those 2 or 3 years ago. my 6 year old doesn't have them, neither does my 3 year old.
my kids have never had a problem with the dentist. if you think your kid might have problems i think it's good to go before then, but i agree it's a waste of money to go before age 3 ish.
i've never heard of sealing a 2 year olds teeth so i looked up the american academy of pediatric dentistry and this is what it says

The natural flow of saliva usually keeps the smooth surfaces of teeth clean but does not wash out the grooves and fissures. So the teeth most at risk of decay—and therefore, most in need of sealants— are the six-year and twelve-year molars. Many times the permanent premolars and primary molars will also benefit from sealant coverage. Any tooth, however, with grooves or pits may benefit from the protection of sealants. Talk to your pediatric dentist, as each child’s situation is unique.

http://www.aapd.org/publications/brochur...

Sherri - posted on 12/16/2010

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My youngest is 4yrs old. He just had it done last year and they really wanted to wait till this currant visit. But I insisted he would be fine to do it then and reluctantly agreed but reiterated several times that they usually don't even attempt it till they are 4yrs old.

Kate CP - posted on 12/16/2010

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They sealed my daughter's teeth at 2 years of age without any problems.

Your kids are how old, again? Obviously things may have changed in the world of pediatric dentistry since you took your kids in at age 3.

Sherri - posted on 12/16/2010

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They said the little kids mouths are too small to get in there very well and also that it is too hard for them to keep their mouths open long enough for them to be done. I also have been too 2 different pediatric dentists the second one reluctantly agreed to seal my 3yrs olds but wasn't too happy about it.

Kate CP - posted on 12/16/2010

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Well, Sherri, obviously your dentist is different then. Because every pediatric dentist I've been to (and I've seen more than one because of my daughter's missing tooth) has suggested or mentioned sealants on all molars as soon as possible to prevent cavities.

Sherri - posted on 12/16/2010

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Sealants aren't done on every child's teeth though. They are only done on teeth that have large pits in them to prevent food particles from getting stuck in them. I was also told from my kids pediatric dentist they won't do sealants if needed before 4 yrs of age.

Dana - posted on 12/16/2010

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It doesn't cost that much to have a quick dental visit, for a tooth cleaning (optional) and to make sure everything is growing in properly. It costs around $50 American.

I'm not saying anyone has to take their child in but, to just blow it off saying it's not necessary isn't correct either.

Laura - posted on 12/16/2010

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Unless there is a compelling reason or an actual concern, I'm with Sheri on this. I didn't start taking my daughter to the dentist until she was 3, which I admit was almost 10 years ago. To date she has no cavities or mouth issues. I do understand that changes have occured in the recommendation area, but that is all it is--a recommendation. Don't get me wrong, proper oral hygiene is an important component to good health! I am simply questioning the neccessity of starting on infants. IMO, I see no reason to go prior to 3 years of age UNLESS there is an actual issue or concern. These are baby teeth afterall, and will be falling out as the child grows. If healthy diets are followed that limit the amount of acids such as soda pop, and sugars the child is exposed to, then gum and teeth issues will be minimal. Follow proper oral hygiene with your baby--wipe down/brush gums and teeth after meals to help prevent problems. Ultimately, however, this is a parent's choice! If you choose to follow the recommendations of your doctor or pediatric dentist, then do so. Otherwise wait a bit until your child is about 3 years old. Don't forget the cost involved either--a lot of folks don't even have dental insurance and the cost can really add up when having to pay out of pocket for a quick check. Just something else to consider...Hope this helps and doesn't muddy the waters too much...

Karen - posted on 12/16/2010

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when i took my son they did a check for cavities, did a quick clean and yes a flouride treatment. dentists in my area (i called all of the pedi dentists about this to confirm) are now beginning flouride treatments at the first visit due to new studies out (which like i said earlier many around here say 6 months after the first tooth)

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Take him to see a pediatric dentist by age one. (S)he will make sure there are no problems or concerns and give you some info on how to care for them properly to avoid any major problems.

Katherine - posted on 12/15/2010

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The recommended age at U of M is 6 months. They check their gums, as well as teeth if they have any. Also some babies CAN get cavities or gingivitis.
They also want them to be prepared for the dentist. So it's a compilation of things.

Dana - posted on 12/15/2010

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Hm...no where did I say they should go as soon as they have their first tooth.

Sherri - posted on 12/15/2010

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I have been looking into it for years Dana and NOBODY has been able to tell me why it is a good idea to bring them in as soon as they have their first tooth. The Dentist, the Hygienist, including my sister n law. So it would appear to me that this would be a gimmick from the insurance companies to get more money.

Dana - posted on 12/15/2010

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Uh, a actual dentist telling you that it's a good idea is good enough for me. Maybe you should research it more before just blaming the insurance companies, which doesn't actually make any sense.

Sherri - posted on 12/15/2010

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I just want an actual reason other then insurance companies trying to make money.

Dana - posted on 12/15/2010

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Does she work for a pediatric dentist? Regular dentists don't see kids until the age of 3, pediatric dentists do see them before 3.

And Sherri, no one is making you take your kids in.

Sherri - posted on 12/15/2010

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Well here and yes I know this my sister in law is a hygienist they don't start cleanings till 3. All they do is count teeth look at them and make sure they are comfortable in the chair. Hogwash I am not charging my insurance company that amt of money for them doing ultimately NOTHING. I will wait till 3 yrs with all my children. Nobody can give me a good reason as to why they need to go any earlier. Not even the actual dentist.

Dana - posted on 12/15/2010

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They cleaned my son's teeth and they make sure there are no other pre-existing issues and that their teeth are coming in correctly. The earlier your kids go, the more normal and comfortable it will be for them to have a dentist poking around in their mouth too.

Sherri - posted on 12/15/2010

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Okay now here is my question they don't do anything at a year old. They only look at their teeth, they are not cleaning, giving flouride, or x-rays so what exactly is the point of bringing them before three when those things will being?

Dana - posted on 12/15/2010

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You should take your child to a dentist by the age of one. Make sure he goes to a pediatric dentist though.

Ericka - posted on 12/15/2010

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Hi Jennifer according to my sons pediatrician that's normal I had the same situation and they told us that they.can go to a dentist when they turn 3.

Emily - posted on 12/15/2010

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At my daughter's 15-month check-up yesterday, the doctor said that the new recommendation is to start going at 1 year. I don't know if that's what we'll be doing, but that's what the doctor said.

Karen - posted on 12/15/2010

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hi there! i've found that all dentists have different recommendations. the dentist i go to recommends taking them 6 months after the first tooth came through, however, the office that my friend works at doesn't recommend until they are 3 unless there is a problem. i would say the sooner the better in terms of having them not afraid. we took my son when he was just a week past his first birthday (as that was 6 months after the first tooth) and he did really well, only cried for a second and then laid back and let the dentist do what he had to.

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