How are your LO's doing in the tooth/dental department? Has anyone taken their LO to the dentist yet (and, when are you "supposed" to?)? If so, any tips or suggestions for how to make this go smoothly? Aaaand finally, when can you use "regular" toothpaste and not the baby/fluoride free kind?
Kieran has 16 teeth now (8 top, 8 bottom, just missing his back molars) and I wonder about when its ok to get him real toothpaste, and when we should take him to the dentist. DH has a history of bad teeth so we want to make sure to be on top of this! I kind of dread taking him to the dentist though, I cannot imagine that would go over well. He used to be great about brushing his teeth- he would ask to several times a day (I think he just liked the tooth paste lol). But lately he's been putting up more of a fight about it. I think it has to do with his newfound love of the word "no" and wanting to use it as much as possible
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When I was at the dentist in March I asked about it. They suggested I bring Hayleigh in for a happy visit. They let her walk around the office at her own pace, sit in the chair and play with all the buttons and tools. they try to look in her mouth but they will not push it. They said if i have any concerns, they will refer me to a pediatric dentist but H. would have to be put under (I have no concerns though).
As for tooth paste, my doc is married to a dentist and she suggested a kids toothpaste with flouride. We have been using it since 9 months or so.
I think everyone thinks differently about the whole flouride issue. DH and I actually disagree. He is fine with the toothpaste but they are talking about removing the flouride in the water here. I don't like the idea but DH does...
Sean has had 16 teeth for a while. He was one of the later ones to start teething, but then he got them all at once and has had 16 since ~14m. I'm not really looking forward to the next set of molars after this looong break from teething. I'm going to start taking him to the dentist next year. I didn't carry dental insurance on him for this year. We're using fluoride-free toothpaste for now, but will probably make the switch to kid's Fl toothpaste around his 2nd bday.
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Sofia has all but her two year molars. She has been to the dentist twice. Bad teeth here. They just looked in her mouth to make sure she has thr right amount of teeth for her age and that there are not any issues that need to be looked at farther. We use a kids tooth paste with floride. She has been using it since a year old. I just put a super small dab on the tooth brush.
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Unless she has any issues with her teeth, I don't want to give her fluoride toothpaste until she knows how to spit it out reliably. I'm a believer in using fluoride to prevent tooth decay, but not until she knows to spit it out - I don't want to risk fluoride poisoning for clean teeth.
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Maria is waiting for her 4 canine and 4 2 year old molars to come in. Anytime would be nice!
I took Jeena to the dentist for the first time when she was about 2.5 years old and that was just to look around, get a ride in the chair, etc. She's gone one other time for a check up, when she was 4.
I agree with Harmony, that Maria won't be using fluoride toothpaste until she can spit it out properly. I have stains on my teeth from fluoride when I was too young to spit it out. Even if you give fluoride when they have baby teeth, it effects the adult teeth.
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Liam has all the teeth listed plus his 2 yr old molars. yeah, I did not even know they came in! noticed when they were 3/4 of the way in and he had busted his lip open on the floor. I was checking for damage and saw that his molars were almost in. This was about 2 months ago! I imagine they are in now.
I was going to take him to the dentist sometime this summer after he turns 2. My dentist is a close family friend (he used to babysit me) and Liam has met him before and generally he is not so scared in these situations...anyway, I will ask about flouride paste then, for now we use f-free.
Good quesiton! I have been thinking about this a lot lately too!!
Ben has 15 teeth, working on #16. The teething right now is horrible. He has his first dentist appt next Tues, with his sis. This is her 3rd or 4th appt. Can't remember. I will not give Ben fluoride toothpaste until he can spit it ALL out. His toddler toothpaste is fine for now. Once he can spit and understands not to swallow any of it, then I'll switch him.
Hmm yeah I wasn't sure how bad fluoride could be... but I wasn't sure the baby toothpaste really "cleans" them? Idk, I think he wouldn't understand (or wouldn't listen) to spit it out yet.
Jessica & Daniel
Fluoride isn't needed for clean teeth - it's needed to strengthen and prevent cavities. I think the only reason why toddler toothpaste even exists is to just get kids used to brushing and to make it more palpable because it tastes yummy. I doubt it makes a huge difference in the cleanliness of their teeth. I think good brushing technique and consistency is more important.