When to go the dentist

Kylie - posted on 11/15/2009 ( 11 moms have responded )

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My son is nearly 1, he has 4 teeth, which we brush with milk teeth tooth paste. When should I take him to the dentist for the first time?

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Dana - posted on 11/15/2009

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Quoting Kia:



Quoting Rachel:

Hi I have taken both my girls as soon as they had teeth.....and with me. The more they go its better for them so they are used to the experience.






That's what I was told too.  My oldest went for the first time at 4 months when he got his first tooth and my youngest at 5 months.  They go every 6 months like they are supposed to.  My oldest is now 3 1/2 and started getting xrays for the first time.  The dentists are realistic about what to expect a child to be able to sit for, so they won't make them do anything that makes them unhappy.  Usually they just check the teeth, and use a flouride foam to help protect teeth.  If they can get your child to sit long enough, they might attempt to clean them, but it depends on the child and the dentist.






I'm surprised they get x-rays so young.  Why would that be?

Kia - posted on 11/15/2009

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Quoting Rachel:

Hi I have taken both my girls as soon as they had teeth.....and with me. The more they go its better for them so they are used to the experience.



That's what I was told too.  My oldest went for the first time at 4 months when he got his first tooth and my youngest at 5 months.  They go every 6 months like they are supposed to.  My oldest is now 3 1/2 and started getting xrays for the first time.  The dentists are realistic about what to expect a child to be able to sit for, so they won't make them do anything that makes them unhappy.  Usually they just check the teeth, and use a flouride foam to help protect teeth.  If they can get your child to sit long enough, they might attempt to clean them, but it depends on the child and the dentist.

Melody - posted on 11/15/2009

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I took my daughter at 1 and she goes every six months just like her brother. I figured it could not hurt for her to get used to the dentist.

Michelle - posted on 11/15/2009

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It was recommended by my pediatrician to take my kids at age 1. I've done so with both my boys. They don't do much but make sure the teeth are coming in correctly, and look for decay, but it gets the kiddos comfortable to others searching around in their mouth. =)

At about 1 1/2 they did use a vitamin treatment on my sons teeth, and do so every visit now.

Hope that helps...

Donna - posted on 11/15/2009

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the dentist i have is really nice he didnt make her sit on the chair he tried to make her smile to look at her teeth but she wouldnt, but he asked me if i had any concerns so she enjoyed her visit he said at the moment he just wants to build up her confidence at the dentist.

Rachel - posted on 11/15/2009

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Hi I have taken both my girls as soon as they had teeth.....and with me. The more they go its better for them so they are used to the experience.

Donna - posted on 11/15/2009

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i took my first when she was around 15 months and i will be taking my second child about then as the dentist i go to said the earlier u take them and they watch u go the easier it is for the dentist as they are use to it.

Janine - posted on 11/15/2009

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I took my son with me for every check up that I had and he had his own check up once all 20 of his milk teeth were through, he was about 2. Having taken him with me helped him as he knew what to expect and opened his mouth first time.

Aireal - posted on 11/15/2009

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i was told by my dentist that you are supposed to take them as soon as they have enough teeth to eat solid foods

Emma - posted on 11/15/2009

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I have taken both my girls with me and so has my husband. they just go for a ride on the chair so watch what happens. If they want the dentist has a "quick" look. Usually by 2 they can have their own appointment. If your in Aust you could try the state school dental service.

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