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Infant Care (up to 18 months old) Message Board

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I asked this to my dentist, and he said to brush the teeth everyday when they come in. He told me as long as there doesn't appear to be problems, then 3 yrs is a good time to start. He said before that the babies don't comprehend what's going on and don't cooperate. The dentist really can't get a good look to do anything before 3. He invited me to bring DD in earlier if I wanted to, but to not expect him to see or do much unless the baby gets sedated. Yikes!

I was surprised. I really thought he'd tell me as soon as the teeth came in.
My pediatrician said to take my daughter to a pediatric dentist when she had 8 teeth. She's been twice now and she's a bit over 2. The first time we didn't get much done. The doc took a look and they did a cleaning and a flouride treatment. The 2nd time they were able to do more cleaning, but she also had more teeth then. She didn't love going, but they were really good with her. I don't think I would have taken her to a regular adult dentist though.
even in the dental community there has been a debate over this. the standing consensus is when the deciduous molars errupt, around 2-2.5 years old.
Both our ped and our dentist said three to four years old unless there are problems. We have three children. We brushed their teeth from the time they got one and we do have flouride in our water supply, which I think helps a lot. My dentist told me that it is better to wait and have a positive attitude about going to the dentist then to go early and be terrified and uncooperative. All three of our children loved to go when they were children. We went to my regular dentist and our hygenist does an excellent job with them. They are now 19, 16 and 7 years old and only the 19 year old has had cavities, two to be exact. I just don't see a need to take a baby to the dentist unless there is a problem or concern.

My dentist advised me to take my daughter with me when I have appointments, so that she is comfortable going to the dentist, even though he doesn't do anything to her at this stage. I took her with me to my last 2 check-ups - she was about 2 months old when I went for the 1st one, so she slept in her car seat, the second one was when she was about 8 months old and she sat quietly for a while, then cried before my check-up was finished. I don't think she'll be so easy to keep quiet/still next time as she is now crawling/pulling herself up onto furniture/people and into everything! My dentist has given me advice on appropriate food/drink and teeth cleaning and said he would check her teeth when she has some, so next visit will be the time he tries to stick his fingers in her mouth. We'll just have to wait and see how she fares, but bearing in mind we went to visit a friend last week who wanted to see her teeth and DD let her have a look, even though she has only seen her a few times, I'm hoping she'll be OK.
wow thanks ladies! you have all been a great wealth of knowledge! well, an update, ds now has 2 teeth! this is all happening waaay too fast for me! teething is nothing like i expected. he hasn't spiked a fever *knock on wood* just gets a little extra fussy but it's manageable.

every morning we start by brushing his teeth using the finger brush and the gel teeth/gum cleanser by oral b. since i live in hawaii our water doesnt have flouride...I have been giving him the drops prescribed by his ped...

i look forward to more teeth...more teeth means eating real food and then i can stop making babyfood lol! thanks again!
I think the most important thing to remember about early childhood care is not to let them fall asleep with a bottle in their mouth (unless it is just water). "Bottle Caries" is one of the most common causes of cavities in young children.

Some of the things that dentist do at very early appointments, like when they have 8 teeth, is just a VERY brief exam, and then educate the [B]parents [/B]about care, cleaning, what to expect next, etc, instead of doing very much treatment for the child. When a few more teeth come in, they can examine things like whether there is adequate space for incoming teeth, whether they are going to need orthodontics, etc. Most very young children appointments are about prevention and education.

A little tip for all us parents: You don't need to floss your kids teeth until they come into contact, meaning until they are close enough together that they are actually in contact with the tooth next to it. Once there is a contact point with the tooth next to it, you need to start flossing to prevent getting cavities between teeth. Young children usually have spaces between all their teeth, but develop contacts as more teeth come in.

BTW-ASAKO, please be EXTRA careful with those fluoride drops. Those are very dangerous, potentially lethal, if your child were to get the bottle and drink it. Make sure it is kept safely out of reach. They are a great thing for developing teeth, but an overdose would be tragic!

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