Hubby and I had appointments at the dentist yesterday (ouch we both ended up having a tooth pulled) and they let Ronin come in and ride the chair and tried to check his teeth a little but seeing as he had two splits in his lip he wasn't too willing. He got a goodie bag from the dentist and is so excited about the tooth brush in there.
Any one else had their kids to the dentist yet?
I've been meaning to make an appointment. Our pediatrician wants us to get her seen. She's seen a dentist once after she fell and hit her face, and she completely freaked out and has hated men in white coats since. Perhaps I should look for a female dentist. . .
Could you explain this to a dentist when making an appointment, they may be able to recommend a particularly child friendly one, or maybe even have some way to cover the white coat.
DH was asking about dental insurance for kids and apparently he can't be added to mine till he's 2, so we'll just wait till 2 to start routine check ups. That's what my mom recommends and she was a dental assistant for 15 years.
Anna, the dentists I've seen have never worn white coats so I'd call around and ask. Mine that I've been seeing for years (I just keep seeing the one back home when I can) usually wears colorful scrubs and has special face masks to wear just for kids and such. Maybe that would help her anxiety.
We started taking DS1 to the dentist at 6 months. He didn't have teeth but we had regular frenulum (sp?) checks with a guy that was a pedi oral surgen as well. Anyway they would just touch around on his gums, get him used to being in the chair, practice with a tooth brush, and when there was teeth count them and touch them. Loved that we did it early like that because DS1 loves the dentist. I need to get Odin in soon just for the exposure to I've yet to actually do it.
~Joy~ DS1-8/5/05, DS2-10/18/10 (VBAC#1), DS3- 4/11/12 (VBAC#2!)
I asked my pedi and despite the posters he has up that recommend bringing them in when they turn 1 or have 4 teeth, he said its not something to worry about until age 3. But because Teagan has all but 2 of her 2 year molars (I think, she won't let me in there) I'm thinking about making a visit around her second birthday. We don't have dental insurance so it'll be an out of pocket expense.
That's good to know because I haven't done it yet and was feeling like a delinquent. DH and I have both been blessed with great teeth (me especially--knock on wood, but I've never had anything but a cleaning needed) so it's really hard for me to remember to bother. I can totally get on board with waiting until 3 unless I have reason so suspect a problem