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flybeeNov. 23, 2011 at 12:10

At what age did your child go to the dentist?

Our dentist wont see my daughter till she's 2 years and 6 months, by which time she'll have had all her teeth for a year. It seems a long time to wait?
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SlayerKat 

Nov. 23, 2011 at 18:25

I agree with LynleyOram. We've been taking the kids to the dentist long before their first teeth came in, mainly to get them 'used' to going. However our dentist also didn't really want to see them until all their teeth had come through which I also thought was odd! I don't understand the logic behind that.

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LynleyOram 

Nov. 23, 2011 at 13:32

Is there a reason why? I couldn't find any information about this on the NHS website. That's about when my son first went to the dentist, but my friend started taking her sons much earlier. As babies I think! Just so that they could get used to going regularly to the dentist and so it wasn't such a big event when they were toddlers. I think she may have been on to something there.

SlayerKat 

Nov. 23, 2011 at 18:25

I agree with LynleyOram. We've been taking the kids to the dentist long before their first teeth came in, mainly to get them 'used' to going. However our dentist also didn't really want to see them until all their teeth had come through which I also thought was odd! I don't understand the logic behind that.
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flyingirl 

Nov. 23, 2011 at 22:08

I took my little boy when he cut his first teeth at 9 months old! They have seen us every 6 months since and were quite happy to do so. She didn't even complain on the first visit when he clamped his mouth shut and refused to open it again after she first poked her finger in there. She got a glance for a few seconds in his mouth and that was it. However by the second visit, he would at least open his mouth on command. I suggest your dentist is over stretched and suggest moving to another if there is someone else who will see your daughter earlier. I strongly believe that is how people develop a fear of dentists.
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LynleyOram 

Nov. 24, 2011 at 12:03

My poor son has inherited my horrible crumbly teeth. We've a dental regime that my husband is much stricter about than me. I've also looked up lots on the different foods and how they affect teeth. And yet. He still gets cavities. It is like sugar is poison for him. We were talking about this at school and a mum was saying it was all rubbish, you don't need to be so strict really, she let her kids eat cakes and biscuits IN BED and they had never had a filling. These kids were the same age as my son. How unfair is that! And I am made to feel utterly awful by the dentist as every time I get a lecture about how I should make sure he brushes his teeth and he shouldn't eat biscuits etc. I know she doesn't believe me when I tell her we do all this.

LuschkaPP 

Nov. 24, 2011 at 18:16

My dentist won't take my daughter before she's two and a half either. And like Lynley, I get a lecture about dental hygiene EVERY VISIT. Despite the fact that I floss and brush and all that twice a day - (and I've used fluoride my whole life, till recently). I just have genetically weak teeth. My gran had all her teeth out by age 20 and at 50-something my mum has hardly any of her own, whole, original teeth left. It's just how it is for us!

I'm wondering, however, if it's a local policy or a specific school of thinking, cause my daughter has all her teeth too and I'm definitely ready for her to have a checkup and they are making me wait five more months!

I wonder if it's worth trying a different dentist then?

emmajk42 

Nov. 28, 2011 at 16:55

My daughter is 18 months and my dentist recently told me to just bring her along on my next visit, just to get her used to it :)
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flybee 

Nov. 28, 2011 at 19:59

Thanks for your responses. I think Luschka and I need to find new dentists for our kids!

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