Dentist...

Lindsey - posted on 11/10/2009 ( 13 moms have responded )

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My son is a year old and he has three teeth and another coming in and I am wondering when I should take him to the dentist? I have no clue when to take the first trip to have his teeth looked at!! If anyone can answer this question it would be much appreciated!! Thank you!

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Michelle - posted on 11/17/2009

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I have a two yr old with the symtom the dentist calls bottle rot I had to have his teeth bonded This thing runs in our family my 2 nephews had it too.,The best time I think and what most denist rquire is 2 yrs old but they do sell toothbrushes for when they start getting teeth just make sure you use childrens toothpaste our toothpaste is to harsh for their stomaches. I hope shed a little light on your situation ~ Michelle

S Natalie - posted on 11/16/2009

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My daughter's pediatrician told us that we should star thinking about taking her to the dentist this was about 6 months a go and she is 23 months old, so he gave us a list of dentist and we did some research and we found a grate place so we made the appointment last month and we took her and even tho she was a little scared she did great and they told us everything we needed to know about how to take good care of her teeth

Lindsey - posted on 11/13/2009

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WOW! I would just like to thank everyone for all there recomendations and suggestions for the dentist!! I will probably be asking quite a few questions on here seeing how I am a first mom and I am only 23 yrs. old!! The suggeestions from all of you helped me out so very much!! THANK YOU ALL!!

Jackie - posted on 11/10/2009

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It depends on your insurance also, ours wouldn't pay until they were 2. The younger the better though so they get use to going. The first couple of visits won't be very invasive. Also, preventative is key, brushing and such.

Brandi - posted on 11/10/2009

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My son is 18 mos. old and he had his first dentist appt. TODAY :-)) He did really well. Anyway, my daughter was about 2 or a little older when she first had her teeth looked at. At this age, they only look inside the mouth and count teeth, No cleanings or anything. But they do like to see that all the teeth are growing normally and everything. Call the pediatric dentist in your area and ask for a well baby check. It may take some time to get in (where I live it is around a 6 mos. wait from when you make the call), so i would call now and schedule it. My daughter went today for her first cleaning and LOVED it, and I think it's cuz she had already been to the dentist and didn't have a negative feeling about the office. So get started early. The more positive experiences he has with the dentist the easier it will be to take him later.

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My 3 year old's pediatrician told me at his 3 year check up that now was the time to start taking him to the dentist once a year. But my son is not going to sit in a chair and let someone look into his mouth without the whole state of PA hearing. I am waiting till he is older to take him, and in the meantime I make sure to brush his teeth at morning and night.

Kelly - posted on 11/10/2009

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It really does depend on the preference of the dentist. We started our older kids at 3 1/2, because that was what our dentist at that time reccomended. We eventually changed dentists, and in "shopping around" for a new one, I discovered that some dentists want the kids to come in at 1 year to "count their teeth", and some won't see them until 5. I personally feel it is a waste of money to take them as young as a year. As others have said, if you clean their teeth, and (hopefully!) you limit or completely don't allow sugary drinks and candy, they should be fine. We ended up with a dentist that started our younger kids also at 3 1/2, and that has worked out well. Out of 4 kids, only one of them has ever had a cavity, and that was in a baby tooth that the dentist just pulled rather than filling (my son was about 10 at the time). I always let my little ones go in with me to see me have my teeth cleaned, and so they learned not to be afraid of the dentist. Hopefully this will help you!

Stephanie - posted on 11/10/2009

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My children started at 18 months, and I think that is a great time. They have not been influenced to be afraid, so they are at a good age to make their own judgement. Find a dentist who WANTS to see children (ask your doctor for recommendations). Our dentist office is fabulous. The dentists are moms and are sooo patient and have fun ways of doing everything. My older kids are now 5,3, and 22 months and they LOVE to go get their checkups every 6months. By keeping a regular cycle of going they are used to it. My daughter even had to get the shot to get her tooth filled and still is happy to go! Research dentist in your area and ask other moms.

Janet - posted on 11/10/2009

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My dentist wouldn't see my daughter until she turned 3 yrs old. As long as you brush his teeth good once a day and keep sweets and junk to a minimum he should be fine until he's old enough to make a visit. Hope this helps.

Mel - posted on 11/10/2009

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Here in New Zealand they go once a year from the age of 2. They just counted her teeth and made sure they had no cavities.

Michaux - posted on 11/10/2009

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I took my daughter when she was 4.....you can start as early as 2.....the key is make it a pleasent visit...they usually count teeth the first visit and they might even attempt to clean teeth and take some x-rays.....find a good family or pediatric dentist, let them know that you would like to come back with the child....some dentist dont allow this...

Caryn - posted on 11/10/2009

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From what I've seen/heard it kind of depends on your dentist. A lot of dentists won't see kids until they are ready for school, some will see them as young as a year old. Personally for me a year old is a bit young. As long as you are doing your job as the parent and brushing their teeth/wiping their gums there probably is no need to take them. Most pediatrians check their teeth at well check-ups and will refer you to a dentist if needed.

My daughter didn't go to her first appt until last April, a month before she turned 5. My son won't be going until age 4/5 unless we need to before then (he is 14mo now).

Laurie - posted on 11/10/2009

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I actaully had the same question! My daughter is almost 10 months and already has 4 teeth! I called my dentist yesterday and they told me at the age of 2 is when they should start going to the dentist. I would maybe call your dentist office and see what they say :) GOod Luck!

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