And as the parent DD, that's perfectly your judgement to make, but for those that would like to go earlier with a good ped. dentist, or just cooperative adult dentist, there may not be a need to be "freaked out"...they can sit on your lap while the dentist takes a peek, the kid plays with the equipment, and not do any routine cleanings etc., until they're older. I know a 3 yr old who had root canals and extractions, and had to have spacers to hold open the gaps for his permament teeth. He, now age 11, still has a slight speech impediment since he was missing his front teeth for so long while he was learning to talk. That was an awful experience I would like to avoid - starting with prevention at home of course! Most kids never have an experience like that. The parents, my friends, didn't think there was a problem until it was very far advanced since they believed the ped who told them to go at age 3.
I guess I'd rather have the dentist be a pleasant, non-scary, non-painful thing first, so it's not a scary new unfamiliar experience at the same time something more uncomfortable would need to be done. You know your own child best...mine loves new people and new situations, so I think she'd love the dentist! Hopefully, with prevention at home, we can avoid any owie stuff.