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    Default how often do you take your kids to the dentist?

    Hi all,

    Last month DS (6 yo) went to the dentist for the first time - did a general check up, cleaned and got fluoride on and got his adult tooth checked (which had started to come out). He's due to visit the dentist again this week as the dentist wanted to take an x-ray and check his teeth further as she did spot some potential tooth decay. Unfortunately I have some work situation that is unavoidable (a few business meetings/short trips) and I've been unwell this week as well, and need to re-schedule his appointment. The earliest appointment he could have is after the New Year's (8 weeks from now!).

    Do you think having a three month gap since his last visit that'd be too long? Did I make a wrong decision by re-scheduling his dentist appointment? The reason why he's due to visit the dentist this week (although it's only been four weeks since last visit) is because we need to take an x-ray of his teeth.

    I have been maintaining his brushing routine to make sure that he does floss and get all the hard to reach places/teeth brushed. I've been trying to reduce his sugar intake as well. He doesn't drink sweet sugary drinks, but he's a chocolate lover! I make sure he brushes regularly and drink plenty of water.

    Also is the children dental benefits also ceasing as of 1 January next year? Last month when doing the re-booking, the receptionist lady encouraged me to have the appointment done within this year as the Child dental benefits are ceasing as of 1 Jan.

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    I don't see it being a problem waiting until the new year. If it was a major concern, the dentist would have done the X-ray on your first visit.
    As for the child dental plan, it hasn't been passed through legislation as yet but they are trying to scrap it from the new year.

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    We visit the dentist every six months. If the dentist specifically requested a shorter time frame though I would feel a bit uneasy about not following through. Can you call the receptionist and explain the situation? They might be able to squeeze him in if it's just an X-ray?

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    Default how often do you take your kids to the dentist?

    Thanks! I am just worried that a tooth problem might emerge in between visits. And if theres an emergency (like toothache) im not sure where to go if they dont accept emergency appointment. As far as im aware he doesnt have any major concern. In Our last visit the dentist reinforced me that i need to help DS to brush his teeth thoroughly and make sure there is nothing left unbrushed.

    I felt bad cancelling the appointment. And the dentist reception wasnt too pleased that i cancelled although i gave them 48 hrs notice. She said its hard to fill a spot in for other people if i cancelled it it too close to last min.

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    The dentist didnt request me specifically when i should be returning after our last visit. This appointment i just cancelled was the first available i could get after our last visit. I sure will be able to make it to the new date i just rescheduled, but its just that i dont have a peace of mind considering its still far away from now. Fingers crossed!

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    If you're concerned, could you go to a different dentist who you could get into earlier? I know when my girls had their last check up they did 2 of their X-rays on the spot. All of it was covered under the dental scheme.


 

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