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“Hi all, when should I start taking my kids to the dentist? I am mum to a 1 and a 3 year old and wondering when I should start, or should I have started already? I am pretty bad myself so dont have a family dentist – what should I look for in a dentist for my family? Ta” When do you start taking kids to the dentist?

Posted by Kate, 09/05/13

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  • 6 months after the first tooth comes through is the recommendation


  • I took mine as soon as they gad teeth. I thought it would be less of a drama if I took them from a young age. Now, the only thing that prevents them from having regular dentist visits is the cost! But they have no dentist phobias


  • I left it until my daughter started Prep. She was 5.


  • pop in to your local school dentist and ask. I took mine for the first time when they were 5 and 4. If you think there might be issues then I’d book the 3 year old in now.


  • If you have a school dentist in your local area, give them a ring.


  • They should be introduced to a dentist from the age of 2.


  • it doesn’t hurt to get them checked early, but until they start getting their second teeth through it isn’t really necessary


  • Glad I’m not the only one waiting until they’re at school.


  • i left it till my daughter was in school


  • Good question and a lot of useful tips


  • take them with you when you go so it is familiar when you start taking them. chat to your dentist to see what age they suggest.


  • Introduce the children to the dentist about 2-3 years to help them familiarise them with the sights , and sounds of a dentist surgery and having their teeth examined. Early visits will help elimiate any teeth problems while the milk teeth are growing and possible overcrowding etc as the second teeth arrive.


  • I feel bad too, mine are 2 and 4 and haven’t been yet


  • I would like to know this too


  • I feel bad after reading this. mine haven’t been yet


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