Hi everyone! My daughter just turned 1 should I now start taking her to the dentist?? I forgot to ask my doc at her last visit.
Yup. My dentist basically said as soon as she has teeth, and def by 18 months
My doctor told me that I should do our first dental visit sometime between 12 and 18 months...so yes:-).
We actually went at age 2. That was when our insurance would cover a pediatric visit. I would suggest calling your insurance company first since most won’t cover until age 3! But, even if they won’t cover it, most offices will offer a “first patient deal” for about $60.
Our pediatrician told us to go when our twins turned 1. I however procrastinated until about 2.5 and they are both fine. Part of me wonders how any one year old lets a dentist look at their teeth. Hahah I think as long as you are brushing her teeth and watching out for any issues it probably doesn’t matter when you go.
Our pediatrician recommended sometime shortly after turning one. We took our daughter around 15 months so we would have ties to a dentist in case something happened. Someone I know child fell and knocked a tooth into their gums and they were scrambling around trying to find a dentist. I wanted to make sure we had one god forbid something like the happened.
Our dentist said not until they get all their teeth, around two. But they suggested I take her as much as possible with me to my appointments to get her used to the office and be familiar with the sounds. They let her sit on my lap and look in my mouth than hers. Just really so that when it is her time, she won’t freak out. Luckily for me though, my sister is the front office manager so she’s been in and out of this office well over 20 times in her short little life
Our insurance covers 2 visits a year, so we have been going since around 10 months. Oddly, my daughter loves the dentist. She always says “I’ve got to brush because I want to see the dentist.” I would have never thought just a seeing a dentist would promote great oral health. She is 27 mo.
Ideally you want to go when they are about 1 year old or when they first get their teeth. The first visits are more to get the child comfortable in a dental setting and more for oral hygiene and diet counseling for the parents.
My pediatrician and dentist recommended the first "official" appointment at 2. BUT our dentist also had us bring him with us to our appointments starting at 1.5, and let him play with some of the equipment and sit on our laps during our visits to teach him to not be afraid (she also gave him a quick look over to make sure there weren't any blatant concerns).
Oddly enough my daughter loved her first dentist visit. She sat in my lap in the chair and checked out the cool equipment and fun paintings on the walls and had no problem letting the dentist look in her mouth and everything. I am not so sure if it was beginners luck so we will see in a few months when she has her second “cleaning.”
Wow, our pediatrician and our dentist both told us that 3 is the average age when kids start seeing the dentist. I'd actually love to take my kids as soon as they start getting teeth but the closest pediatric dentist to us is over an hour away and they arent covered by our insurance :/
Yes. My son turned one and we took him to get his first check up. Especially since he has almost all of his baby teeth in.