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#1 of 10 Old 06-04-2013, 09:49 AM - Thread Starter
 
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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.

 

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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.

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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. 


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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.


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I wish I had been doing routine visits with the Dentist (and from now on I will be) I have to take my 4 year old ds tomorrow for dental surgery, dd who is 7 also has to get surgery, and 9 year old ds has to go for 3 separate visits to get all his work done. All of this either could have been avoided or fixed while in the early stages, but now we're looking at root canals, crowns, and extractions instead of fillings.
I have certainly learned my lesson the hard way on waiting till there's a problem to fix it. I will be taking my youngest to the Dentist for check ups as soon as he starts getting teeth.

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We started taking DS at 2 1/2. We found a really great pediatric dentist. I want him to have a positive experience since I really didn't especially when I had braces.

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Our dentists tend to say within six months of when the first tooth comes in but my DD went at age two. I highly suggest establishing a good relationship with a pediatric dentist. Their supplies and set up are geared towards kids and it makes a big difference in anxiety level. I found out the hard way just how costly it can be when your child is scared of the dentists office. My DD ended up needing sedated to have work done on her teeth and that was an invasive and scary process.
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If you can't find a pediatric dentist that you like, don't assume that they're the only option, my kids' dentist doesn't specialise in children, but is far better with them than the pediatric practices we looked at.
 

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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.


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Thanks everyone for ur responses.

 

I have to go in July so might make an appt. for her as well. My dentist has recently appointed a young dentist to take care of kids.


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