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When did you first take your child to the Dentist?

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confussedmisfit Wed 29-May-19 10:10:22

As title says.

Our 6 yo Ds has just lost his first tooth, he's very excited about it. And seems to have very healthy teeth.
3yo DD obviously hasn't lost a tooth yet and again seems to have a healthy mouth. In fact she loves brushing her teeth and often asks to do it throughout the day.

But as yet neither of them have been to see a dentist blush
And with the new guidelines that state before they are 1 I'm guessing we're well behind?

For the record, I go every 6 months. My wife goes once every two years as advised by her Dentist.

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twoheaped Wed 29-May-19 10:12:44

I took mine with me everytime I went from them being babies.
As soon as they were old enough to open their mouths, the dentist would have a peek in.
I was keen not to make the dentist a fearful experience.

AppleKatie Wed 29-May-19 10:14:24

As soon as they had teeth, every six months.

I wonder every time if there is any point (nothing wrong!) but it seems like as good a habit as any to get them into.

avocadochocolate Wed 29-May-19 10:14:33

Similar to two - I took my DCs to the dentist from babies. Never mind OP, just make an appointment now.

hsegfiugseskufh Wed 29-May-19 10:15:49

mine went when he was about 2. They just sort of looked in his mouth tbh it was entirely pointless but I just wanted him to get used to it.

Slightaggrandising Wed 29-May-19 10:17:07

The 6 year old should have been going for at least 3 years. At least you can get the 3 year old on track. Not good.

Sicario Wed 29-May-19 10:18:00

I started all mine off young and took them with me to my own appointments so they could meet the dentist, have a go in the big chair, and let him look at their teeth. By the time they needed their own appointments they were wild with excitement.

BikeRunSki Wed 29-May-19 10:21:33

My dentist looked at DS’s gums at 6 months old, when I took him with me to my appointment. He has been to the dentist every 6 months since, dd too.

ItsAllGone19 Wed 29-May-19 10:24:32

Both of my girls started seeing the dentist alongside me until they got their teeth in properly then I'd just book a family appointment for us.

My sister didn't do the same and just registered her children when school prompted her. You are a little late starting with the dentist, but not terribly so. Just get them both registered and they'll be fine.

Thesearmsofmine Wed 29-May-19 10:26:27

Once they started getting teeth so between 6 months and 15 months for my lot.

Hollowvictory Wed 29-May-19 10:27:07

About 2 years okd. Why haven't you taken them to the dentist? That's very surprising. Or negligent.

SpideyMom Wed 29-May-19 10:35:49

Since he was 2. Everytime I went they just checked out his mouth, to get him used to it

Greyhound22 Wed 29-May-19 10:36:52

I've been taking DD every 6 months since he was around 18 months.

2beautifulbabs Wed 29-May-19 10:44:56

I took my DS as soon as he turned one and had teeth I was told as soon as they turned 1 or as soon as they had teeth to take them my DS was late at teething and didn't get his through until he turned 1

TerribleTwosPhase Wed 29-May-19 10:47:40

DD has been going with me since she was a baby, first time was when she was around 6 months. My parents didn't regularly take me to the dentist snd i dont have great teeth so its something i think is very important for her. Have they never had child smile visit or anything to discuss this with you?

ItsWitchingTime Wed 29-May-19 10:50:36

I was a little late on getting my two signed up for the dentist, no big deal just sign them up when you next go, my youngest is turning one shortly and has 3 teeth so I'm signing her up today.

On a side note my eldest had perfect teeth /oral hygiene - still does - but his adult teeth are coming through slightly yellow which broke my heart, turns out when he had chicken pox as a toddler it affected his adult teeth☹️

Scrumptiousbears Wed 29-May-19 10:53:06

I started at 2.5 years and we go every 6 months. However they were registered from birth.

Limer Wed 29-May-19 10:54:28

When they got their first tooth. They loved it, they got a ride in the special chair and were given stickers. The six-monthly checkups were always eagerly anticipated!

megletthesecond Wed 29-May-19 10:54:49

As soon as they had teeth. The dentist just gave them a gentle check when they were tiny.

InTheEndgameNow Wed 29-May-19 10:56:46

As soon as they had teeth here. The first couple of visits were very quick. Basically had a quick look and then talked to me about caring for their teeth.

As they got older the checks became more in depth and now they get that protective stuff painted on each visit and go every six months.

butteryellow Wed 29-May-19 10:58:07

They always came with us - from 2 or 3 the dentist would 'count their teeth' - at first sitting on DP or my lap, then, once they were comfortable, on the chair on their own.

We don't go every 6 months though - once a year is what we've always been recommended.

butteryellow Wed 29-May-19 10:59:19

On a side note my eldest had perfect teeth /oral hygiene - still does - but his adult teeth are coming through slightly yellow which broke my heart, turns out when he had chicken pox as a toddler it affected his adult teeth

My eldest also has perfect teeth (only drinks milk and water.. unlike his younger brother) - his adult teeth are more yellow than his baby ones, the dentist said that was completely normal.

StrumpersPlunkett Wed 29-May-19 11:02:31

Every time I went from when they were born. When they were getting teeth they opened their mouth for the dentist.
I would say don’t over think it go now!

lhw92 Wed 29-May-19 11:02:42

I don’t have DC but I strongly recommend going once/twice a year
Especially when they’re young so it can instill good dental hygiene habits

InterchangeableEmma Wed 29-May-19 11:06:25

I took mine with me from birth (due to lack of childcare TBH). Once the first teeth came in I'd always get them to show the dentist - literally a peek on the way out. Later they'd climb in the chair after me to show the dentist. It was such a gradual process that I'm not sure how old they were when they had their first actual dental appointment and check, maybe 18 months? We still kept up the thing of the dentist seeing me first and them immediately after. It's worked a treat.

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