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How old was your LO first dentist appointment? Brit :) Due January 26; 1 child; Gainesville, Georgia 511 posts
29th Apr '13

Just curious. DS is 15 months old (today actually lol) and he has Medicaid and we got a letter saying we should make a dentist appointment. As a first time mom I was just surprised. I obviously don't remember the first time I
Went to the dentist lol

BlackVelvet 1 child; 1 angel baby; Aurora, Illinois 4314 posts
29th Apr '13

14 months old. I keep getting letters in the mail it was getting annoying lol



They didnt do much cleaned her teeth thats about it

Elena Gilbert 4 kids; La Center, KY, United States 2730 posts
29th Apr '13

your suposed to start at a year. but most babies dont have many teeth. i think my LO was about 15 months when we took him. they just clean their teeth and put varnish on them.

Kelly&Coralie 1 child; Rochester, NY, United States 56008 posts
29th Apr '13

7 months, but at that point she had either 7 or 8 teeth.

If she only had 2-3 teeth, I would have waiting a bit longer

She has gone every 6 months since she was 7 months old.

Just Emily :) 2 kids; Casa grande, Az, United States 8179 posts
status 29th Apr '13

Wow a year? My cousins little girl just had her first one at about 2 and a half. I thought that's normal. Ds is 14 months and would never sit for that. What do they do when the kid wont let them in their mouth?

Elena Gilbert 4 kids; La Center, KY, United States 2730 posts
29th Apr '13
Quoting Just Emily :):" Wow a year? My cousins little girl just had her first one at about 2 and a half. I thought that's normal. ... [snip!] ... thought that's normal. Ds is 14 months and would never sit for that. What do they do when the kid wont let them in their mouth?"

i dont know about every state. i know here the earliest a dentist will take them is a year. and its recommended to start that early.
I had to set them on my lap facing me and hold their hands and they put their head in the drs lap and nurse holds their head. if they do good. then its that minus the nurse holding head. after they turn 3 you arnt allowed back with them. (we go to a childrens dentist as well)

Kelly&Coralie 1 child; Rochester, NY, United States 56008 posts
29th Apr '13
Quoting Elena Gilbert:" i dont know about every state. i know here the earliest a dentist will take them is a year. and its recommended ... [snip!] ... that minus the nurse holding head. after they turn 3 you arnt allowed back with them. (we go to a childrens dentist as well)"



WHAAAA?

No way would i ever let that happen. I cannot imagine Cora going in without me.

We go to a pediatric dentist. All the parents go back with thier kids, unless the kid says they don't want the parent there

Akeema 18 kids; Altus AFB (AFB), Oklahoma 5979 posts
29th Apr '13

I didn't even realize that you should take a child to the dentist when they get their first tooth until I went to the dentist with my oldest, he was nearly 2 by the time he went, but we didn't have insurance until then.

Elena Gilbert 4 kids; La Center, KY, United States 2730 posts
29th Apr '13

it sucks i hate but. they dont mind they get up and go. the dr comes out and call me back to tell me what all they did and seen. my kids love it and dont mind going alone. they do to teach independance. and that you cant always have mom with you. which is a good thing i think.

Just Emily :) 2 kids; Casa grande, Az, United States 8179 posts
status 29th Apr '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting Elena Gilbert:</b>" i dont know about every state. i know here the earliest a dentist will take them is a year. and its recommended ... [snip!] ... that minus the nurse holding head. after they turn 3 you arnt allowed back with them. (we go to a childrens dentist as well)"</blockquote>




Ds is horrible. It takes one person to kind of sit on him and a second to brush his teeth. Ever diaper changes are a two man job. He's had lts of tests at the hospital to monitor his kidneys and it took dh and I plus three nurses and a dr to hold ds still enough. And that was with him being swaddled and kind of taped in place. A hair cut took 4 people and he still came out with chunks of random hair missing..... I can't even imagine the dentist.

Kelly&Coralie 1 child; Rochester, NY, United States 56008 posts
29th Apr '13
Quoting Elena Gilbert:" it sucks i hate but. they dont mind they get up and go. the dr comes out and call me back to tell me ... [snip!] ... mind going alone. they do to teach independance. and that you cant always have mom with you. which is a good thing i think."


It is a good thing. Maybe I'll try having Cora go back without me. She is still a mess going to the dentist. You'd think she'd be used to it by now but we still have to hold her to get anything done

lolajessup Due July 25 (girl); 2 kids; 1 angel baby; Beaverton, Michigan 44057 posts
29th Apr '13

Some dentists do a "smile visit" where they just get familiar with the place and they just look at their teeth. When lylian went to hers at 2 at a health fair thing he had this little purple light and he could see if she had any suspicious spots. She didnt but if she had he would have made her a real appt. but we took her at 3 to a real one where they did an exam and X-rays. I do t think they cleaned them cause they didnt wanna overwhelm her. Then she went again in 6 mos and got a cleaning and had to do 2 more X-rays cause they couldn't get them in the back of her mouth the time before cause she kept gagging. She did fine the second time. She likes her one dentist but she had to get some fillings and went to a pediatric dentist and she hates him.

Supafly★ 2 kids; Poland 14109 posts
29th Apr '13

I waited until 3. DS has severe issues with people touching him so I know it would only cause stress and accomplish nothing if I took him any earlier. It went smoother than I expected.



And he didn't get teeth until 16 months so there was no point in starting early lol.

Belle De Jour Due October 8 (boy); 2 kids; Kentucky 17903 posts
29th Apr '13
Quoting Elena Gilbert:" it sucks i hate but. they dont mind they get up and go. the dr comes out and call me back to tell me ... [snip!] ... mind going alone. they do to teach independance. and that you cant always have mom with you. which is a good thing i think."


My kids would flip the f**k out if I didn't go back with them. Especially my youngest. She has SPD and if the doctors were to hold her down like that she would have a complete meltdown :(

Brit :) Due January 26; 1 child; Gainesville, Georgia 511 posts
29th Apr '13

Gosh these stories sound awful! I hope DS does okay when I take him!