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What age did you take your toddler to the dentist?

  • Under 1 year old (when the first tooth popped out)

    Votes: 3 4.5%
  • Between 1 and 2 years old

    Votes: 17 25.8%
  • Between 2 and 3 years old

    Votes: 20 30.3%
  • After my child was 3 years of age

    Votes: 24 36.4%
  • I don't take my child to the dentist ever

    Votes: 2 3.0%
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What age did you take your Dc to the dentist for the first time?<br><br>
It seems that some people go after the child gets their first tooth, while others wait until the child is 3 or 4. I would like to know what is common for MDC mamas and why.<br><br>
Thanks!
 

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Here in France I took my child very early - in fact she asked why I was there I said just to check up and make sure all was well - she said everything was perfect, most kids don't go until they have their second teeth! In the UK it's much earlier - that's IF you can get a dentist!
 

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Ds was about 1.5. We took him because we saw a cavities on his front teeth.
 

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My son has never had any issues with his teeth and he was really scared of going so we never forced it. We read lots of books about the dentist and DH and I talked with him about when we went to the dentist. Anyways, just after he turned 3 he asked if he could go so I hopped on the phone and scheduled him an appointment. We had such a wonderful experience and it was really positive. Every night he brushes his teeth really well and tells me "all of the sugar bugs are gone mom!". It's so cute. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I took DS around 12 months, and DD around 15 months. The same will happen with the third. Good dental health is extremely important.
 

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Our insurance won't pay for DD to go for a regular visit until she's 3. I can only take her before then if there's a problem. So far no problems, so we will go in September when she turns 3.
 

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I was going to make an appointment when my son turned three, and we ended up going just before 3, due to an injury (front tooth took a direct hit, and was loose in its socket). We LOVE our dentist and go every six months.<br><br>
My daughter will have her first appointment at age two, now that we have a lovable dentist (and because it's covered by our dental plan).
 

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Thanks for taking the poll mamas!<br><br>
I am going to be taking my son for hte first time next month, when he is 25 months. He HATES having his teeth brushed, so I am really apprehensive that this is going to be a nightmare. However, I believe in good dental hygiene, so I feel this is a must. Any suggestions on how to make this less traumatizing? Any tips from BTDT mamas?
 

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My dentist doesn't see children under five so I will probably take him to a pediatric dentist for a check up. Dh and I went to the dentist thursday and ds got to watch a bit because I needed some extra cleaning while dh was already in the chair. Ds loves brushing his teeth (or chewing on his brush).
 

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I took her just before turning two. She only sat on the chair and got a new tooth brush. She didn't let anyone look into her mouth. I wish she would have because she has yellow spotty teeth<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/gloomy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Gloomy">: The dentist wasn't concerned. They say they like their first visit to be only positive.
 

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I took dd when she turned 3 since that's what the dentist recommended and she wasn't having any problems. She sat in the chair and the hygenist counted her teeth but that was all. No cleaning until her next appointment six months later. She actually loves going to the dentist. We have a book about going to the dentist that we've read a million times and I think that really helped her not be scared. She'd also gone with me to a couple of my cleanings so she was familiar with what went on. Of course, the balloon animals our dentist makes and the treasure chest full of toys help too!
 

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We took DS the first time when he was around a year old because his teeth were showing signs of decay. DD hasn't been yet and she will be 3 in August (both kids have an appointment June 21st though! That should be fun <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/rolleyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="rolleyes">: ). DD has beautiful teeth and she loves to brush so I haven't been too concerned.
 

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<b>You didn't have the option "under six months, before the first tooth"</b> - Yea, I know it is nuts, but let me explain:<br><br>
All dental stuff is free here until age 18. The schools have a dental area in them. And they are FUN! You get an invite when your kid is 3-6 months, which we went to. You just meet other moms with tots, talk about pacifiers versus thumb, how to brush, toothpastes, breast milk, juices.... Then you go once or twice a year. At first its just an intro, kid gets to sit on dental stool, play with the shiny metal things, dentist aks them if OK to look at teeth and if kid says no, then they wait until next time. When they leaave they get a toothbrush, balloon, stuffed happy tooth.... idea is so kids aren't scared of the dentist. This attitude really works. My very reserved 2.5y now is totally relaxed at the dentist.
 

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DD will be going in June for the first time at age 3y. It's actually my appt. and they said we can just bring her in during ours for a year or so.<br><br>
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Just after his 2nd birthday, when all his teeth were in. He has an open bite and I wanted to ask the dentist about it.
 

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We took AJ right before he turned 3 b/c he told me his teeth hurt, the dentist found nothing and he was fine. He's been once since then and he and Evan go on the 5th. This will be Evan's first appt and he'll be 2.5 almost to the day. They love the dentist, he has lots of trains. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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All my kids go for the first time just after they turn three. We have a pediatric dentist that we all just love. Drive 30+ minutes each way to get to him but I am fine with that; it is just twice a year. I schedule the girls' appointments so they are in three chairs in a row, and we get it done in one shot.
 

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My ds will be 3 in August and we haven't taken him yet. We brush and check his teeth for any "signs" to go but haven't found a need as of yet. I will probably take him sometime between 3 and 4 for his first visit.
 
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