Do you take your children to the dentist every six months or wait until they are in pain??

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Teresa Ann - posted on 03/01/2013

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Never wait till they are in pain preventative is always better. By age 2-3yrs old for a happy visit. ;-)

Krista - posted on 07/25/2012

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Elizabeth,
I am so happy to read your response. I am a Dental Hygienist and want to find a way to educated pregnant women and mothers of young children to take their children to the dentist from an early age and continue to do so every six months. I have been doing research and found an alarming high rate of 51 million hours of school is missed due to dental pain. As a mother and a Dental Hygienist, this is very upsetting. There are many children on Medicaid not utilizing dental services available to them at no cost. I am only one person, but I want to fix this neglect. Any ideas???

Elizabeth - posted on 07/24/2012

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If you are waiting until they are in pain..you are waiting too long. The purpose of the dental visit is to reduce the chances of them having pain at all. In the long run you will find that it is cheaper to have the cleanings to prevent the cavities then it is to get the cavities filled.

You didn't leave a lot of information so please don't take offense if this is something you already know. Not all kids get cavaties. If you do your regular checkups and x-rays this GREATLY reduces the occurances. I was 19 when I had my first cavity and it happened after a very long gap in dental visits 1 1/2 years..I was away at University.

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