Monday, October 22, 2012

Taking Your Child to the Dentist

When should a parent start taking their child to the dentist?  I took my four year old to the dentist for the first time when she was two years old and she was scared.  They tried to check her teeth and do a cleaning but she wouldn't open her mouth.  The dentist said to bring her back when she turned three, so we did and what a difference!  My husband took her and he said she was really co-operative.  The dentist was able to clean her teeth and she was fine.  

I have to make a dentist appointment for my three year old.  This will be her first time at the dentist so I don't know what to expect.  I decided the best thing to do is to take her when my four year old goes for a cleaning so she feels comfortable in that environment. 

In my opinion, it's a good idea to take your child to the dentist at an early age so they get used to going.  Also, the dentist can check to see if their permanent teeth are growing in properly and keep them healthy to prevent dental problems later.


  1. Taking your two kids to the dentist together is a brilliant idea. That way, they won’t feel alone and scared of the dental checkups because they know that the other sibling is going through the same thing. Plus, they can have someone to play with after the surgery/checkup while waiting for the results.

  2. The younger, the better! There’s really no required age when to bring your child to a dentist. Parents should explain to their kids that a dentist is their friend. That they’ll won’t harm or anything bad that would hurt them. Early prevention and detection of cavities is the best way to maintain a good set of teeth.

  3. It’s really just a matter of timing. Though kids should first see a dentist even before their first birthday, we should consider that they don’t share the same pace of growth. Some kids actually take 5 years before you can bring them to the dentist peacefully. It’s nice to hear your kids didn’t go that far. :) I’m sure a few visits more will make them really at ease being in the dental office.