Chrissy Teigen is no stronger to receiving backlash on social media. But we doubt that she thought her 3-year old daughter’s first trip to the dentist would cause such an uproar online.
The mother-of-two shared a video of her eldest child, Luna, at the dentist’s office last week. “So proud of my toons at her first dentist appointment!!” Chrissy captioned the video, which showed her daughter sitting in her grandmother’s lap while brushing the teeth of her stuffed animal.
While the video seemed adorable and completely harmless, some of the model’s so-called fans couldn’t help but comment on Luna’s age. Many of the Instagram followers said their kids were much older when they first saw the dentist. For instance, one user wrote, “What age do they start over there? My daughter started seeing a dentist at a yr old.”
However, the model wasted no time clapping back at the naysayers, adding she’s used to receiving criticism online. “Was waiting for this. U guys never fail me,” Chrissy wrote in response to the above comment.
Many children start seeing the dentist at different ages. However, according to the Canadian Dental Association, it is recommended to take children for their first trip between the ages of 6 months to a year old. In fact, it’s best to goo once your child’s first tooth pops through (and baby teeth usually start coming in around 6 months).
According to the site, it’s important for your child to see a dentist early one. For one, the parent(s) can ensure the cleaning they’re doing at home is satisfactory. A dentist can also identify if the child has any dental problems- the sooner such issues are treated the better. And, obviously, getting a child used to going to the dentist and educating them on proper oral hygiene will teach them healthy habits that will translate into the future.
Of course, just because Chrissy waited until her daughter’s third birthday to take her to the dentist is no reason to mommy shame her. We’re sure she’s doing what’s right for her family. And unfortunately, this isn’t the only time the cookbook author has been shamed for what seems like a harmless post.
For instance, just earlier this month, the celebrity shared several videos of Luna trying to negotiate with her parents over how much candy she was allowed (her father is musician John Legend). Rather than focus on how cute the toddler was acting, several fans made comments about her appearance, including one follower who wrote, “Finally someone brushed her hair.” True to her nature, Chrissy had a sassy clap back, as she wrote, “All by herself! Maybe she can come do your makeup.” How about moms try to support other moms instead of tearing them down?