M.J. asks from Forney, TX on January 23, 2008
What Age to Start Going to the Dentist?
At what age should you start taking you child to the dentist? I have a 1 year old and he has six teeth and are currently getting his molars (which is a nightmare). I want hime to have healthy teeth, but don't know when to start this.
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C.S. answers from Amarillo on January 24, 2008
I started mine at 18 months, but not a regualr dentist. A pediatric dentist is definitely the way to go. Dentists are scary enough for adults, and pedi dentists just know how to calm them down adn have the "flavored" teeth cleaner and tv's on the ceiling. Good Luck!!
K.S. answers from Dallas on January 24, 2008
My dad is a dentist and he advises to take a child when s/he is 1. My son has been going since he was one and goes every 6 months. Because he sees my dad he is very cooperative and even lets my dad clean and polish his teeth. Make it fun. I tell my son the chair is a spaceship and it goes up and down. My dad had these fun tiles on the ceilings so my son is just content to sit there and look on them on his "spaceship".
K.K. answers from Dallas on January 24, 2008
My dentist has a mommy and me room and they start checking them at 18 mopnths.
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K.L. answers from Dallas on January 23, 2008
S.Y. answers from Dallas on January 23, 2008
I just took my almost 3 yr old to the ped. dentist yesterday for the first time. I asked when I should bring my 15 month old and she said at 1 yr old. My daughter will go in 6 months so I will also schedule my son. I always thought that 1 yr was too young, guess not!
A.K. answers from Dallas on January 23, 2008
Unfortunately, both of my sons had accidents before they were one which started our dentist visits before 9 months, but my understanding is that 1 year you should begin taking your children to the dentist. We go every 6 months with both of the boys.
R.C. answers from Beaumont on January 23, 2008
Hi, I am a dental hygienist and thought I would help with your question. Assuming that your son eats healthy foods, does not consume a lot of sugar, and has his teeth brushed every day for him....I would wait until he is old enough to open his mouth and let a dentist at least look into it (without even touching.) If he ever complains of pain make an appointment right away though. Bring him to one of your appointments and let him see that it is no big deal for mom. He may think there is nothing to it and ask if he can sit in the chair. If he does, let someone look at him then. I have seen children as young as two sit down for a cleaning, x-rays, and exam...but I have also seen a fourteen year old that refused to even get out of her mom's car....so you never know. Hope this helps!
T.C. answers from Dallas on January 24, 2008
I've heard that they should go as soon as they have teeth. So, your little sounds like he fits the age for it. You might want to make sure to get a pediatric dentist too. They are really geared to little ones.
With our first, we'd been told not to go until they are 2 years old. So we didn't even put her on our dental insurance plan until she was two. When she was 18 months old, she fell and chipped her front teeth. People told us she would be just fine, plus, we didn't have money to take her to a dentist. To make a long story short, as soon as we could, we added her to the dental plan (when she was 2 yrs old). They checked her broken front teeth and both had cavities because they weren't treated right away.
Whether you actually go to the dentist or not, by the time they have teeth, make sure you add them to the dental plan so that if by chance that happens to you, you'll be able to treat them:-) We felt pretty bad that we hadn't added her when she turned a year old.
Our son is 14 months old and we have added him, but we have never taken him in. We probably won't until he is two or unless something happens to his teeth.
K.M. answers from Austin on January 23, 2008
I asked about going at age 1, but was told to wait until they were older. I did make sure that I brushed his teeth every night from about 9 months old. As he got older, he would brush, and I would "polish". I took him with me when I got my teeth cleaned when he was 2 1/2 yrs. But, his first visit wasn't until age 3. Good lukc!
V.B. answers from Houston on January 24, 2008
I was always told at around 2 years old, so I have been trying to find a dentist for my daughter, but most are not part of any insurance networks, so everything is charged as out of network. I'm not sure why this is, but I'm still looking for an in network pediatric dentist for my daughter who just turned 2. When I find one, I'll be taking her in. I think 1 is a little young, but I see there are varied opinions here, so I think you can start whenever you feel like it's necessary. Just be sure you're brushing his teeth everyday for him.