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When should your baby first go to the dentist?

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Asked by CharleesMom7 at 10:53 AM on Sep. 21, 2010 in Kids' Health

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  • Most dentists recommend not until the age of 3. They then have the understanding to sit partially still and can understand basic commands.

    Answer by Jademom07 at 10:55 AM on Sep. 21, 2010

  • Back when I was working in the dental office, it was suggested you start children around age 2-3 for check-ups. (barring any mouth problems or decay- then go in sooner).

    Answer by MizLee at 10:55 AM on Sep. 21, 2010

  • from what i heard, they should get their 1st checkup at 6 months. At least that's what they say here where i live

    Answer by jolee0222 at 10:56 AM on Sep. 21, 2010

  • My dentist said between 2-3, unless there is a concern about something. At the first visit, all he really does is look around, and get the child used to being there. Later visits he gets them used to the instruments but doesn't really do much. Cleanings don't start until they are about 5.

    Answer by Scuba at 10:59 AM on Sep. 21, 2010

  • Thanks for the answers! I was worried because my baby is 10 month old today and has 8 teeth! I want to keep them pearly whites!

    Comment by CharleesMom7 (original poster) at 11:02 AM on Sep. 21, 2010

  • everyone else..Most places won't take 'em until they are at least 3 years old.

    Answer by SparklingHope at 11:05 AM on Sep. 21, 2010

  • Depends on the dentist/dental coverage. Ours won't take kids until they are 3.

    Answer by jms124 at 9:33 PM on Sep. 23, 2010

  • if they have teeth at one is just fine. i took my daugther when she was three and was ok.

    Answer by sodapple at 1:43 PM on Sep. 24, 2010

  • I've read that they should go when they start getting teeth, but honestly, it's a big fat hassle. I tried taking my son when he was 2 and it was a total nightmare. He's normally a pretty calm kid, too. Waiting is fine, unless there is some sort of problem.

    Answer by Pnukey at 1:48 PM on Sep. 25, 2010

  • Depends on the dentist...some will say 1 year most say 2-3 years old

    Answer by Carey2006 at 1:54 PM on Sep. 25, 2010

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