I always waited til they were around 3-4 years old. Honestly, my toddlers would NOT tolerate a dentist poking around in their mouths, and I felt as long as I was teaching them dental hygiene, they were fine to wait til a little older than the books say.
My ped said that he should go around a year but since we only had two teeth then, he said we would just wait. We finally got teeth during the summer so he said to go around two. I asked the dentist last week when I was there and she said wait until around three or four. I don't think they have any set rules.
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I asked my dentist and they don't take toddlers until they are three. My dentist recommended bringing my son with me to my next appointment before I schedule one for him. That way he can familiarize himself with the visit and let him play with some of the tools.
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Whew...I'm glad to hear it's 3 years. I didn't add Chas to our dental program this year. I figured he was too young for a cleaning...and if he won't let me near his mouth...there is no way he will let a stranger.
I guess if we have a tooth emergency...we will be paying out of pocket.
The dentist I worked for recommended bringing them as soon as they start getting teeth. He didn't actually do anything other than look, but it got them accustomed to going to the dentist so that when there was an actual need, they wouldn't be scared of him.
My child cries until she vomits when they try to weigh her at the doctor's office. Anyone want to go with us to that first dentist appt?
Go to your natural foods store and get some Calms...works wonders. Give it to her about an hour before, and every 15 min til you go, then afterwards, but you have to wait 1/2 hr after toothpaste.
Homeopathic, can't overdose...used it for years.
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