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1aBABY's picture
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Let's talk about teeth

Who's been to the dentist?
Who's using real toothpaste?

I just added Josh to my dental insurance and need to make his first appointment. So for those of you that have already been, how did it go? Do you have any advice? I feel like Josh is going to be freaked out. Also we are still using the toothpaste that is okay to swallow. Who's LO is using the real stuff? How did you teach them not to swallow it and spit? I don't know why I'm dreading this process so much.

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Joshua has been to the dentist 3 times now. It's not fun but it's quick, we're in and out in 30 minutes. The last 2 times they have cleaned his teeth really quickly and the dentist always looks around. His teeth look good even though he hates having his teeth brushed and doesn't make it easy, we do it anyway. Since he doesn't know how spit it out we only use the real stuff a few times a week and very little when we do. The rest of the time we use the toddler toothpaste. That's actually what the dentist recommends, his pediatrician said we should start using it all the time but the dentist said he could swallow too much fluoride that way.

Of course if you want you can explain it to your Josh, I'm not sure about teaching him to spit it out but I'm sure others will have suggestions on that. For now we just keep doing it the way the dentist recommended.

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3 times..that's great! Do you take him to a pediatric dentist? There's one near us that I think I'll take him to and they have the office decorated neat and only treat/see kids there.

He's pretty good at brushing his own teeth, however, he sucks all of the paste off the brush then proceeds to brush. I'm not sure how to make him stop. Ugh!

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Zac has been to the dentist twice and is about to go in for his third appt. I have bad teeth and have always had a problem with getting cavities so I'm a bit paranoid about my boys. I was really scared about Zac freaking out but we go to a peds dentist and they know how to handle little ones better. He cried almost the whole time but he also kept his mouth open and didn't move so I'm calling it a win. I would just try to get him excited about it and tell him how pretty his teeth are going to be after they're done. My dentist also gives out little prizes that they pick from the prize chest so that helps also! Some kids don't like the bright light that they use overhead so I've seen them bring sunglasses.
We're using real toothpaste. He thinks it's so much fun to be able to spit since I get on to him all the time about not doing it. He just watched what his older brother was doing and picked up on it and I honestly don't remember how I taught DS (I'll blame mommy brain).

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Lyla does not spit out her tooth paste yet, so we just use Tom's toddler kind. I never thought about letting her use the normal kind a few times a week. I may have to start doing that. She has not been to the dentist yet. I'm thinking in a few months we might go. It all depends on her maturity level. Right, now there would be no convincing her to open her mouth. I have really good teeth, dh has bad teeth, so we are hoping they take after me.

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We started going to the dentist before Ava was 1 because she chipped a tooth. We also have only used regular toothpaste. My Ped told me to just touch the bristles to our toothpaste and use that. So that's what I do.

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Sophia had her first appt at 1 year old and has been every 6 months since. I have horrible teeth, as someone else said, so I'm super anal about dental hygiene with her. She loves the dentist! We just go to my dentist, he is not a pediatric dentist but he has small kids himself so he is really good with kids, and she gets prizes after every visit, but she gets more excited about her new Spongebob toothbrush, toothpaste, and floss she gets each time. LOL At the first couple of visits they just had her sit in my lap and basically just looked at her teeth. It was just like a comfort visit. Each time they did a bit more, and of course she sits in the chair now and gets the full review of her teeth plus a cleaning. She likes to hold the mirror for the dentist and ask what every single tool is.

She has been using real toothpaste for about a year now, and she doesn't swallow it. But it did take a little while of me drilling it in. For us it came down to, I would let her pick her own big girl toothpaste, and I would let her try it, and if she swallowed it, she had to go back to the "baby toothpaste". A few days later I would ask her again if she was ready to brush her teeth without swallowing the toothpaste and would tell her it would make her sick if she swallowed it. She wanted to use it so bad that she pretty quickly learned that if she didn't swallow it, she got to use the toothpaste she wanted, and feel like a big girl. She is obsessed with brushing her teeth morning and night and NEVER lets us forget, no matter how tired we are.

I will say on the flouride toothpaste, my dentist said it offers very little protection when applied to the outside of the teeth, and they get much more from just drinking flouridated water or taking a flouride supplement, so I wouldn't worry about it too much if you don't feel like he's ready for it. It's not a big rush.

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Carrie, I'm kinda obsessive too. One of the girls I work with, just yesterday, had to have her little guy (who is also 3) put under general to have 4 teeth capped and 6 cavaties filled. I think most of the decay was caused by medication he had as a preemie. but the message stuck with me. Even now, they can get cavaties quickly and have to have major dental work done. Sad

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We haven't been to a dentist yet. Need to do that. At A's 3 year pedi appt, A's pedi recommended some pedi dentists and told us it was a good idea to get A started with that.

A's been using regular toothpaste since about last Sept. We put a tiny tiny amount on her toothbrush, and she brushes every morning and night. We've had no problems with swallowing - she's a great swish and spitter, somehow. She likes to rinse her mouth in general, even if she's not brushing her teeth. She takes flouride medication (pills) every night.

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Miles hasn't been to the dentist and he's not using regular toothpaste yet. I tried it once, and of course he noticed immediately the taste difference. I hate going to the dentist myself, so I'm kind of dreading this. lol

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Well as the resident dental professional, Alyssa of course as been to the dentist! She usually comes whenever DH does. The first time she didnt really want to open but did pretty well. Last time she was in she did really well and did the whole cleaning.
She does use regular toothpaste and can spit it out. Occasionally she'll swallow a bit. But unless you are globbing the paste on its not really going to be an issue.

"Lavender444" wrote:

We started going to the dentist before Ava was 1 because she chipped a tooth. We also have only used regular toothpaste. My Ped told me to just touch the bristles to our toothpaste and use that. So that's what I do.

This is exactly what you should do. Just wipe the brush across the paste so there is barely any on the brush. Even adults typically use too much paste. You really only need less than a pea size amount. Not the whole length of the brush! My DH still thinks this after many times trying to tell him otherwise! Smile

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"asteuck" wrote:

This is exactly what you should do. Just wipe the brush across the paste so there is barely any on the brush. Even adults typically use too much paste. You really only need less than a pea size amount. Not the whole length of the brush! My DH still thinks this after many times trying to tell him otherwise! Smile

Please tell my Hubby this too. He uses a TON of toothpaste! I generally make him a toothbrush when I make up mine and the kids, and he come around and adds 4 times the amount of tootpaste to what I already did. :roll:

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Shelly, where do you get flouride pills? Are they Rx? I have always meant to get some for Sophia because we only drink purified water so it does not have flouride in it, but I'm a slacker and have never gotten any. I've looked in the vitamin aisle but have never seen any, so I'm thinking maybe they are only by prescription? Amy, as our residential dental professional Wink do you think they are necessary if kids aren't drinking tap water (or water with added flouride like nursery water, which is what I make Layla's bottles with?)

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Is your water not drinkable, Carrie? My Ped and Dentist are both equally adamant that we use tap water for the kids, whether it's for bottles or drinking.

All I drink is water, and I'm not at all picky about where it comes from. But then again, I live at the foot of the Rockies, so our water is super fresh and tasty. Ya know, for as tasty as water can be.

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we have been once, we plan on going again soon. She did great. she kept her mouth open the whole time LOL I guess seeing her big sister. She got them cleaned. We just went to our regular dentists and all get checked at the same time. We have been using real toothpaste for over a year now, shes good at spitting, again I think its because she follows her big sister. Our dentist said the first time they usually dont clean unless the child is doing well, they usually just count the teeth and get them used to the chair. Personally I hate the dentist. I had A LOT of work done when I was a kid, so not fun. But I try to get in regularly. Now that I have to take the kids I'm in more often.

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"Lavender444" wrote:

Is your water not drinkable, Carrie? My Ped and Dentist are both equally adamant that we use tap water for the kids, whether it's for bottles or drinking.

All I drink is water, and I'm not at all picky about where it comes from. But then again, I live at the foot of the Rockies, so our water is super fresh and tasty. Ya know, for as tasty as water can be.

http://www.khou.com/news/Radiation-in-Houstons-tap-water--Long-history-of-contamination-108307474.html

Does this answer your question? LOL NO I freak out when Sophia drinks water while she's brushing her teeth! I would never drink tap water anyway...I think it tastes disgusting so I don't feel good giving it to my kids either, but especially not in Houston. Both kids have had Nursery Water with added flouride in their bottles for the first year, and purified water after that. We are a water snob family Wink

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Ew! that is alarming. I wouldn't want anything to do with that water either.

And it's 72 degrees?!? Can I come over?

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We love tap water! That's all we drink. But, our area of our town (so weird, it's split within our town) does not have fluoridated water. So, her pedi prescribed the pills. They used to be flouride drops when she was younger. Our pedi said to use it until the pedi dentist tells us to stop.

Carrie, I'd let your pedi/dentist know that your kids don't drink tap water, so they might need a flouride boost. Though, if Sophia's been using regular toothpaste for so long, maybe it's not an issue for her anymore. Layla may need the drops.

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Noah's been to the dentist twice and shockingly, did fabulous both times. The first time, I made DH take him because I just KNEW it was going to be a nightmare. DH said he did wonderfully--kept his mouth open the whole time, let them clean, do everything. The second time, I took him with me when I had an appointment and during mine, I sat him with a movie and he sat so well, just watched his movie, then when it was his turn to get the cleaning, he sat in the chair and let them do the cleaning and then even tried to do xrays, but he couldn't figure out how to keep the xrays in his mouth without moving them around with his tongue. I really was impressed by him because I was convinced it would be a nightmare.

We have been using toothpaste with flouride for about a year also. Noah doesn't care if it's the kid's toothpaste or the adult toothpaste, he'll use either one. And he knows not to swallow and how to rinse and spit, but I have NO idea how he knows that. I didn't teach him, it was just like he knew somehow. So weird. And we just dip the tips of the bristles in the toothpaste--it's really a very tiny amount.

Don't be so nervous--it could turn out a million times better than you expected, like it did for us.

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never been and honestly I don't see how we could go... realize I have a little "busy" boy so busy the pedi at his 3yr appt said "let's wait next year for Eye check up and blood pressure" !!!! this is the kind of kid I have so seen him sitting at the dentist and opening his mouth I DON'T THINK SO (now anyway)

We use Jason (http://www.jason-natural.com/products/kids-only.php) toothpaste and we brush teeth EVERY EVENING with a tiny bit of the paste but we brush LONG TIME and it is fun and we have like 10 brushes.. never know if Thomas or McQuenn or Winnie will have the honor to brush his teeth ROFL