When is the magic age to take your little one to the dentist? The American Academy of Pediatric Dentists recommends you take your child to the dentist for the first time at age one. Usually at this visit, they’ll just acquaint you to what to do with his/her teeth. By age three, all of the baby teeth have already erupted and it’s crucial to visit the dentist to ensure everything is developing properly. You can either choose your family dentist or a pediatric dentist.
My children go to Dr. Laxer with Laxer, Long & Savage. We love this practice. My girls skip out the door to go to the dentist, which for me, is a huge selling point! They must be doing something right here! I have to admit, I did not take the girls until they were almost 3. I think our gene pool is delayed in getting teeth so I recall that the girls didn’t seem to have enough teeth to warrant that first visit at age one. I will probably follow that same trend with my twins who are two. They are terrified of the hair salon so I’m pretty sure they would not be all that receptive to a teeth cleaning! I just make sure I follow the obvious rules: we brush their teeth after meals and before bed and we don’t ever send them to bed with a bottle or sippy cup. So far, no cavities. If you ever get attitude about brushing teeth, try pulling up photos of yucky cavities on the Internet. Google it and show it to your children – they will become obsessed and motivated to brush their teeth and often!
My current dentist for myself (and hubby too) is Dr. Ed Hull at 425 N. Wendover Road. He is also a family practice and every time I go in, I see new bulletin boards of all of the new child patients. I have toyed with switching my kids and bringing my entire family there. But since my girls are really happy, I’m not messing with a good thing. I think either way, our family would be in great hands.