When is it important to have your child have a dental check up? DD is 6+ but we haven't done one yet. We are the types that don't go to doctors unless there's a problem.
Unless your dd is likely to have super strong teeth, there might be value in developing a positive relationship with a dentist before there's a need for any repair work, partly so you can find a dentist you like (they vary a lot), and partly because dental work requires either that the patient be able to cooperate, or that the patient be sedated, anaesthetised or restrained. It's usually easier for a kid to cooperate with dental work if they have prior, positive experiences in a dental office. I don't think there's a magic answer to the question though.
the problem with dental work is it rarely shows up when it is just starting. it gets to BAD and then you notice.
that's why just a quick check up to see everything is fine is a great idea.
i am not sure how you would notice your dd has a cavity perhaps until it starts hurting her or becomes sensitive to cold and heat. if it has become sensitive to cold and heat it is already half bad. you could have stopped the cavity before anyone except dentist noticed.
at least imho.
ditto with hearing and vision test. i guess that's why they do them in elementary school. many kids have tracking problems which many parents dont notice and think their child is fooling around.
i have seen here situations blamed on tantrums and bad behaviour when it was a vision problem.
I think regular cleanings by a dentist can do a lot to prevent dental problems. We take our DS to a pediatric dentist and they are so good with the kids, but one of the big things they like to work on is the child feeling comfortable coming to the dentist and letting the dentist work on their teeth and that can only happen with regular visits.
Yes, take her before you suspect a problem. Dental care should ideally be about prevention. It is such a value to have the kid comfortable in the chair before (if) something needs to be done. I think I had the boys to the dentist by 3, which is late based on what dentists recommend. The first visit was just a "ride the chair, count your teeth" visit. Because of that foundation, and their having many visits that just involved cleaning, my one son with severe enamel hypoplasia in his permanent 6 year molars was able to have some intense work done without stress. A good dentist makes all the difference. You don't want to have to find one in a crisis.