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Visiting dentist-when to do first visit?

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mummynumnum Mon 20-Aug-07 19:36:40

Have just registered dd (14mths) with a dentist today and was just wondering when fellow parents took their dc to the dentist for the first time.

MaureenMLove Mon 20-Aug-07 19:38:19

DD didn't have any teeth until she was one and from memory I think I took her when I went for the first few times. The dentist just let her sit in the chair and he looked in her mouth. Didn't touch or poke. Her first proper visit was about 3 I think.

mustrunmore Mon 20-Aug-07 19:38:57

With ds1 I was advised that it was pointless before 2. But with my new dentsit, he said ds2 should have a go on our next visit, so he'll be about 20 months. The first few times are bound to be with clamped mouth anyway!

summerunderakaftan Mon 20-Aug-07 19:40:12

I think dd went at about 9 months, she happened to be there with me and the dentist asked for a wee look and has booked her for 6 monthly checkups since, ds was about a year he got his teeth later though and they saw him for the first time during one of dd's checkups.

I know in some areas they don't allow you to register children until they are 3 but here they like to start them going asa soon as they have a few teeth.

JoanCrawford Mon 20-Aug-07 19:40:17

as soon as mine were approaching 3. Did attempt to take them earlier but dentist practically laughed in my face!

LoveAngel Mon 20-Aug-07 19:40:43

Took my son not long after his 2nd birthday

Idreamofdaleks Mon 20-Aug-07 19:43:38

take your child with you when you go
gets 'em used to it
then they have a sit in the chair
start talkingabout wanting to be a dentist when they grow up
etc

Bluestocking Mon 20-Aug-07 19:45:42

My dentist told me to bring DS along with me so he's been going since he was five months old! The dentist has a look in his mouth and says, what lovely teeth, you and mummy are doing a great job of looking after those, and then DS gets a bunch of stickers from the nurse. What's not to like?

mummynumnum Mon 20-Aug-07 21:25:18

Sounds a great idea taking her with me and letting her get used to it.

Thanks!

mankyscotslass Tue 21-Aug-07 09:49:26

Always taken mine when I had an app. The dentist is great, with the teenies he just says to sit on mums lap if they want to let him have a look, from about 2 he could do a bit of a better look around and at 3 they are having proper check ups. No probs so far!

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