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The AAPD rec is 1 year, which is when we went.
ETA: A lot of dentists say 3 because they are not equipped to handle smaller kids, which is why it's usually better to go to a pediatric dentist. My DS did not do well at 13 months, either, but...oh well. I look at it as a necessity (and am glad we went and started early). He flips his shiits at the pedi, too, doesn't mean I'm not going to take him for his well visits.
Oh wow, I'm surprised (and kinda glad) that 2 of the PP's pediatricians said at age 3 lol. I've heard you're supposed to take them when their very 1st tooth came in and I've heard once they're 1.
I still haven't taken LO and have been feeling bad about it. I do brush her teeth. But the way she goes nuts when I brush her teeth makes me dread the dentist. Therefore I've put it off. I never remember to ask my Pedi about when the time is to take her. There's always too many other questions.
Anyway, I was planning on calling and setting up an appt with a dentist for her soon.
We see a pediatric dentist and follow the AAPD recommendations, which are when the first tooth comes in, or by the first birthday. DD went at 9 months and DS is going just after his first birthday.
I absolutely can't imagine waiting until DD was 3 to take her. She has always done great for the dentist. IMO, that's also a difference between going to a regular dentist and a pediatric one, though. They get extra training on how to get kids to cooperate. DD has never had a problem opening up for the dentist. Her first few exams were done in the comfort of my lap.
We did the exact same thing right before DS's first birthday when he had 7 teeth. He sat on my lap and the dentist examined him on her knees. He did not cry, it went really quickly, and I felt like I learned a lot as far as how to brush his teeth and take care of his teeth at a young age. She recommended every 6 months from now on. Our insurance pays, so I see no reason not to go and stay on top of it.
I had a lot of dental problems as a child and am very paranoid about getting him off on the right foot and not waiting until there is a big problem which will need fillings or dental work to fix! We also brush twice a day and he is great about it (but only because I learned how to brush his teeth (better than we were doing) from the dentist)!!!!
I haven't really talked with the pediatrician about this, but more with my dentist. My dentist has told me to continue to bring DD to my appointments, let her see the room, let her see the tools, etc. DD usually comes in, checks stuff out, and then runs out to Grandma.
I was told to bring her in for an official cleaning between 3-4. However, next summer, when she's 2 1/2, she will have to sit in the room with me for more of my appointment. She won't have the "easy out" of Grandma being in the waiting room.
When I went last week, DD wouldn't let the hygienist look at her teeth.