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    Default What age for 1st dentist visit?

    My dd is 2.5 years old and I haven't taken her to the dentist yet.. She doesn't have any issues that I'm aware of but do kids her age usually get dental check ups? Or just go to get them used to it? Or is it a bit of a waste to take them at this age?

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    Subbing. I am going to take my dd who is 4.5 for the first time soon. I have asked the dentist previously and he suggested around 4 yo. I am thinking of also taking 3yo ds as he seems to have some decay in his front teeth. Not sure if he will Co operate. Am interested to see other replies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dollypops View Post
    My dd is 2.5 years old and I haven't taken her to the dentist yet.. She doesn't have any issues that I'm aware of but do kids her age usually get dental check ups? Or just go to get them used to it? Or is it a bit of a waste to take them at this age?
    I started taking DD1 to the dentist with me from 3. She'd have a ride in the chair and then wait until my appointment was over. All my kids see the dentist regularly from around 4. My main reason for starting young was that if she ever had a dental injury I didn't want that to be her first dentist appointment and possibly set her up for a life time of hating dentists. DD2 has also been going since 3 and neither have any fear. DS1 needs to start going (he's 3) but he seems more apprehensive than the others.

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    I work in the industry and we would very much encourage you taking your kids in even for a quick check. It certainly helps if they have been before. More often than not there is nothing to report but at least they have been for an appointment, opened their mouth, had a ride in the chair, got a sticker etc. they usually love it It is really hard later down the track if your child does need treatment to get them to even sit in the chair. There is nothing more distressing for the child, parents and staff than a frightened child.
    A pediatric dentist is even better as they specialise in kids dental. Hope that helps!

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    The earlier the better too

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    I took DD at around 3, just for a check up, that was 6yrs ago and for a quick 10min appointment they billed our PHI $70! My DD has no fear of the dentist at all, she had 2 fillings due to fissures & doesn't even realise she had a needle.

    I think taking them early helps to stop any fears developing as it becomes "normal".

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    I started bringing DD to my 6-month appointments at age 2. She loved having a checkup in the chair with the sunglasses, and getting a free toothbrush. And my lovely dentist explained to her that she needs to let mum or dad brush her teeth every night. We've never had a problem getting her to brush her teeth with us since then (she's now 3.5).

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    My DD is almost 3 and I'm taking her to her first dentist appointment this week. We're going to a paediatric dental practice and they're supposed to be amazing. DD is not good in these sorts of situations, she always cries and clings to me at doctors appointments or anything like that. I once took her to the dentist with me for my own appointment so she could see me do it and start getting familiar with the whole thing - she screamed so much we had to stop the appointment and reschedule! Needless to say I'm a little worried about this week's visit!!

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    DS was 2 when we took him to a paediatric dentist. He loved it and was fine during the check up and mild clean.

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    I took my dd for the first time at 4 but I really had intended to take her earlier, it just didn't work out that way.

    The dentist was awesome. DD was a bit scared and the dentist just gave her a tour of the room, ride in the chair and then let her try on the glasses and the bib, then showed her the light that makes teeth sparkly and then counted her teeth and then she was just in there giving them a bit of a clean. I was so impressed.

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