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DS is 19 months and has all of his teeth since about 12 months. He hates having his teeth brushed but we try at least twice a day and hope for the best.

When should he see a dentist and how do i find one that won't be a flouride advocate? (we live outside of NYC)
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Ds was 18 mos... Do dentists exists who aren't pro-fluoride?? I just smile and nod and take the prescription he gives me and do nothing with it.
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No clue about the fluoride issue, but we took DS in at 22 months, we were planning to take him in earlier, but never got around to making the appointment till then. He goes back for his first cleaning somewhere around 2 and a half.

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The dentists around here recommend having the first dentist visit at age 3 (unless you notice a problem), so that is what we did with DS.
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We took DD around 15 months.

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My dentist told me to take DD in when she was around 3, once she had all of her teeth. Right now she's only halfway there and not quite two years old. I think taking her right now would only scare the bejeezum out of her!

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My ds is almost 3 and hasn't seen a dentist. It makes me so upset cause the only reason he hasn't is because no dentist will see him before 3. The closest pediatric dentist is over an hour and a half away. Kids are eating solids waaaay before 3 why wait that long??? Cause those teeth are gonna fall out anyway and they rather not deal with a wiggly patient...that's why! So much for paying for insurance!
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With DS1 we were told by my dentist to wait until 3. At 3 they usually, let them sit with you while you get a cleaning and then, if they are willing, will look at the kids teeth. Unfortunately, in our case, I noticed DS1 had cavities before he even went to the cleaning with me. So we ended up at a ped dentist and DS2 had his first appt at 1. The appt isn't so much of a big deal but they use it as an education platform for parents.

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dd pediatrician recommended at the age of 3.
mainly because they won't sit still or cooperate long enough to get anything done.
i think the first couple of times they don't really do anything but get used to them.
if you don't see any issues and your pediatrician doesn't recommend it, i would wait.
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We took DS to the dentist around 13 months and he got his first cleaning a year later. We take him so he gets used to going. His cousin had his first cleaning when he turned 4 and already had 6 cavities. He had been taken to the dentist prior to that, but wouldn't cooperate with the check-up.
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Our dentist (a ped. dentist) will not see children until the age of 3 if there are no problems.

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3 years here too. And there's never been any mention of fluoride supplements.

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DS was around 3. They did was a fun exam and let him handle all the gadgets.

They didn't mention flouride at all.

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Our dentist said wait at least until 3 (unless you see any problems, obviously) and that some kids aren't ready until 4 and that's fine. I was glad to hear that, since DS wouldn't be able to handle going to the dentist yet.

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Our dentist suggests you go soon as they have their teeth, and they do gentle looks and for cleanings just brush them carefully for little ones. We didn't go until after 18 months (he got all his between ages 4 months and 10 months) when bad cavities were obvious, it was too late for one tooth and the other 3 needed a lot of filling. Topical fluoride on weak spots is an option with them, they be sure to ask if you want it, and they certainly don't tell us we need to feed it to him or use fluoride toothpaste or anything, they understand wanting to be careful with it. Just ask other parents in your area who you agree with for recommendations, try in Finding Your Tribe.
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I took DD at 26 months-the dentist felt that I could even have waited a while. I don't know how to go about finding a dentist that doesn't push flouride, it just happened that my dentist is ambivalent about it.

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We took our daughter at the 1 year mark, per Pedi dentist recommendation, mainly to get her used to the dentist. He said to bring her by every six months, so we'll be setting up an appt soon.
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DS will be going for his first dental appt at the end of March. He just turned 3 a month ago. Lucky for us, my FIL is the dentist. H has an appt scheduled for around that time, so he's going to combine the two and make it one nice trip. He's looking forward to the visit and many more to come!!
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Thanks for all of the replies!

My new question is how do you spot a cavity? And how do I get inside my son's tightly clenched jaws long enough to look? LOL
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Well, the way our dentist gets a look if DS was uncooperative and unhappy was to have him sit in my lap facing me, she'd sit across from me with our knees touching, and we'd lay him down across my legs and hers. You could try that position with a partner it might help you check in there. I was always able to see a bit just asking him to say ahhh at home under low stress though.

An early cavity will be a little dark spot, a more progressed one you'll see a hole or chip missing from the tooth.
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We took our daughter at the 1 year mark, per Pedi dentist recommendation, mainly to get her used to the dentist. He said to bring her by every six months, so we'll be setting up an appt soon.
Ditto, they said its more to show the parents how to care for their teeth as well. Luckily our ped dentist is anti-floride until 2 yrs old!
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i just made an appointment recently b/c the dentist said to wait til he was 3.
why is everyone anti-fluoride?

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i just made an appointment recently b/c the dentist said to wait til he was 3.
why is everyone anti-fluoride?
Flouride is a toxic poison that does NOT protect teeth from cavities. Organic, naturally occuring flouride might offer some added protection against cavities but the stuff that's in the water and dental prouducts is just plain dangerous. It makes teeth and bones brittle. I would write more but we're running late. NASTY stuff. I"m sure others can give you more info....
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My daughter went with me at age 2 1/2. Our (holistic) dentist will see kids if they aren't squirmy. She had been there with me often so it wasn't new or scary. The dental assistant and the dentist were great with her.

For non-flouride dentists, google "holistic dentists" and "biological dentists"; you'll find some directories. Also post a thread on the Find My Tribe page for your area.

You can get kids books about dentist visits from the library to help prep your tot.

As for getting your kid to allow toothbrushing, we've had success with:

*having several different fun toothbrushes, each of whom need to "get the yuckies out" of my tot's teeth. (It's Lion's turn to get the yuckies out! Now Caterpillar needs a turn!)
*I give her my toothbrush and let her brush my teeth while I brush hers.
*We pretend she's a crocodile and I need to check her teeth for yuckies
*We say that the character on the toothbrush is hungry and needs to be fed with the food left in her teeth
etc etc

Good luck!
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