Child's First Dentist Visit
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The recent post about the 16 month with tooth decay has me worried... when should
we see a dentist? Our 18 month started to get his teeth kind of 'late' - he was about
months before we saw any teeth (while all his other friends seemed to have a full
mouth by then). He now has four on the top front, two on the bottom (the other two
are just starting to break) and one molar in the back bottom which seemed to pop out
of nowhere one day recently. Should we bring him to a dentist now? He hasn't taken
fluoride supplements but he does brush his teeth regularly with either just water,
Earth's Best toothpaste or sometimes with a tiny dab of our Tom's toothpaste (which
our doctor said is okay and will give him some of the needed fluoride?).
Thank you for your help BPN!
Simple: call your future dentist and ask when they'd like to see your child first.
My older daughter's dentist said 2 yrs. We moved and the new dentist wanted to see
our youngest at 1 to get her used to it and instruct us as parents as to how we can
keep her in good oral health.
If the teeth look good and you are caring for the teeth, don't worry! The tooth decay
in the earlier post is rare.
But, if you have insurance and the dentist is willing, sooner rather than later. Why not?
My dentist said age three. Your pediatrician should be looking at teeth at yearly
check-up and other well baby visits.
I believe that the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends one
year, but my dentist wouldn't see my son until he was 3. Maybe a
pediatric dentist would go a little sooner. Remember that your
child has to be old enough to sit in a chair or your lap and have
someone else prod around in his mouth, and even then the dentist
can only see superficial stuff until the child is old enough for
X-rays. No point stressing the child until you think he or she
can do what is needed for a check-up to be meaningful.
all in good time
I heard to take them to the dentist by age 3. I think our first appt was at about 2 and 9
months. It was mostly about acclimating her to the dentist at that point.
I would say when they start pre-school (age 3) UNLESS your toddler is in
the habit of falling asleep with milk on her teeth, either breastfeeding
or a bottle. in that case there is some risk of tooth decay and you
should get it checked out. There are a lot of recommendations on the
BPN website for pediatric dentists - you could call some of them and
see what they say.
Our regular dentist tell us that our two year olds (twins)
should make their first routine trip to a pediatric dentist
right about now for an evaluation of the condition of their
teeth and two year old molars. I've been putting this visit off
because of my own concerns about how a trip to the dentist could
be resoundingly unpleasant; I've heard that children are
strapped into the chair and their mouth is pried open for
cleanings. Since my girls cry and hardily resist during
toothbrushing, I haven't beening looking foward to a dental
visit. However, I can't stand by and let their teeth become
neglected either soooo..... Can anyone fill me in on what to
expect at the pediatric dentist? Am I delaying for no good
reason? Also, should I plan this visit with two adults since
I'll be bringing in two 2-year-olds? Any insight or advice is
mom of teethy toddlers
Both of my children LOVE to go to the dentist. I felt the same
way that you do, but a good pediatric dentist really is the
answer. My older child was quite good about brushing, but was
clingy at the time I took her the first time. It wasn't even
an issue. The dentist has such a child-friendly office with
murals on the walls, great toys, balloons, etc... She
willingly had her teeth brushed and examined and even had her
mouth x-rayed without a fuss and without wanting me. I had the
option of sitting beside her or remaining in an open viewing
area. (not behind glass, simply a comfortable sitting area
with tv and magazines near the examination area.) My youngest
child HATES to have her teeth brushed but will pop her mouth
open upon request for this dentist. I would recommend taking
your twins sooner than later. You'll feel reassured that a
trip to the dentist is manageable. Good luck! Our dentist is
Dr. Amy Beth Harmon at Pediatric Dentistry of Pleasant Hill.
925-947-1188. This may not be close to your home, but I
promise that their professionalism and child-friendly office
make it worth the trip!
There is absolutely no reason that your children's first visit
to the dentist needs to be traumatic. Our pediatrician
suggested a visit to the dentist and on the recommendation from
a friend, we recently took our 3 year old to her first visit.
We talked about the dentist alot before then and even read some
books to her. The visit couldn't have gone better. The office
was totally geared for children of all ages. The setting was
very open and I got to be with her the whole time.
I was so pleased with every aspect of the visit. Give the
office a call.
Alameda Pediatric Dentistry
2125 Whitehall Place
I highly recommend Dr. David Perry - or any of his associates -
at Alameda Pediatric Dentistry. It's a bit of a hike for us, we
live in Oakland, but worth the trip. They would NEVER strap a
child down to clean teeth. In fact, they do everything they can
to make the dentist a fun and enjoyable place to be. Be
prepared to stay awhile, because they let the kids play and
wander in their spacious offices and kind of let the cleaning
and exam happen organically as the child seems comfortable.
They will LOVE going to the dentist, as my now 4 Y.O. truly does!
You don't mention where you are located but I would like to
recommend that you take your twins to
Dr. Neil Katsura. He has
two offices one is in Berkeley near Alta Bates hospital. I think
the other is located in Albany. I was delighted by the number of
distractions provided for even the smallest of children. It was
like taking my sons to the arcade. The staff is knowledgable but
more importantly, they LOVE children.
I took my son to a pediatric dentist today. The office was very
kid-friendly - stuffed animals/fish/toys all over the walls and
ceiling. The staff were friendly, knew how to talk to children,
and easily convinced my wary son to open his mouth for the
cleaning and fluoride treatment. He didn't want to lay back in
the chair for the cleaning, so the hygienist cleaned his teeth
while he sat up. They didn't force anything on him, and my son
said he had a good time and would go back again. The entire
procedure was very quick.
The dentist he went to is
Denise Bass Allen (510 763-2022) at
2100 Broadway. We saw Dr. Chang.
I wouldn't bring both children at the same time, even with 2
adults. If one gets upset, the other may get upset too, and then
you have two upset kids to deal with.
Good luck - it was easy and painless.
My kids go to
Denise Bass Allen,
a pediatric dentist in Oakland,
and both went for the first time at 2.5 years of age. It was
and remains all very calm and reassuring, and in the 4 years or
so we've gone, I have never seen ANY child strapped down or even
anything remotely like that, and the first exam is more or less
just counting the teeth and a very simple exam. Not scary, and
neither of my kids were worried about it at all. Indeed,
they've both been downright cooperative. From the tone of your
post, it sounds as if you may have had some bad experiences at
the dentist, but if you don't tell your kids, they sure won't
learn to be frightened from any present-day real-life
experiences. Go ahead and phone for an appt., and tell the kids
how swell it'll be.
I had your same fears about taking my son to the dentist.
Mostly because I have a huge fear of dentists given some bad
experiences as a child and terrible teeth which have required a
lot of dental work. That said, I have found a wonderful
dentist for my son. My son actually looks forward to going to
the dentist (even after having 5 cavities filled -
unfortunately, he inherited my bad teeth)! His name is
and he is in Alameda. I don't have the phone number
handy, but feel free to e-mail me if you have any trouble
finding it or if you want some additional information.
Best of Luck!
No! Times have changed! There should be no strapping down of
kids and no forcing of anything at a pediatric dental visit!
First, our pediatrician recommended starting visits at 3, not 2,
and that's when our now-4 1/2-year old went for her first visit.
Our dentist (Dr. Bob Khalil, in Orinda) has a large, open room
with several areas for the kid-size dental chairs, with no walls
in between, so everyone can see and hear everyone else (no scary
rooms behind closed doors).
First our daughter was given a new toothbrush of her color
choice, and asked to brush her own teeth at a child sized sink,
with toothpaste flavor of her choice...it went on happily and
gently from there, with the kid ASKED to do things (sit in the
chair, lean back, etc...) not TOLD.
She felt she was in control, and did everything they asked. They
explained every little thing they did, and proceeded at her
speed. She's been every 6 months since, and LOVES going to the
dentist. Good luck!
I recommend the office of Dr. Katsura (and others). NOBODY there
is strapped down, and no mouths are pried open - for a first
visit or any other one. They are SUPERB at making kids feel
comfortable, and you can be right there with them. For a first
routine check-up, they will do only as much as they can get away
with with a particular child. They know how important it is to
make a good first impression! It is probably a good idea to bring
another adult, or to bring them in on two separate visits so each
child can have your full attention/presence.
My 15-year-old was at the dentist last week for a lengthy appointment.
While she was there two new patients, each around two years old, came
for their first visits. Neither was ''strapped down'' , nor were their mouths
pried open. In fact, each had a great time, was happy, left with a smile,
lots of stickers, and a prize from the prize box. This was at
office (on Ensenada, off Solano). The kids are shown the dentist's tools,
their teeth are counted, there are toys to play with, it's all very low-key
and comfortable for them. Please try not to let your anxieties color your
children's experience. I don't think there's any need to have two adults
there. I highly recommend Dr. Katsura and the others in this practice.
They have an office off Solano, one near Alta Bates, and another in
Orinda. We did not have as positive an experience at another pediatric
dentist when my kids were little, but despite a number of difficult dental
procedures, my younger daughter still doesn't mind going to see Dr.
No dentist, pediatric or otherwise, should strap patients down and pry
their mouths open! (Unless it is Steve Martin in Little Shop of Horrors.)
We have been extremely happy with the pediatric dentistry practice of
Drs. Wampler and Katsura. We see
Dr. Bob Khalil
at the Colby Street
and Orinda offices. The process is pretty easy on the kids. When mine
were smaller, the staff even suggested that I lay on the chair and let my
kids lay on top of me. They made notes about my kids' interests and ask
about them at checkups. They are very gentle and the entire staff has
always been great to my kids.
They have 2 offices in Berkeley and one in Orinda:
Colby St., Berkeley, tel. 510/848-6494
Ensenada, Berkeley, tel. 510/528-1546
David Rd., Orinda, tel. 925/253-8190
Don't put off going, though. The sooner you start the process, the more
quickly your girls will get used to it. They really just check out their
mouths at that point. No xrays or anything like that. It could be very easy
and certainly painless.
My daughters LOVE "Dr. Bob"
from the Wampler/Katsura office in Berkeley.
They actually *look forward* to seeing him! (And if you knew my daughters,
that says a LOT).
My daughter had her first visit to a pediatric dentist at the
age of 2 1/2. She wasn't wild about teeth-brushing either, but I
had some concerns about the spacing of her baby teeth and wanted
to take her in. We went to
Dr. Perry in Alameda
- even though we
live in Berkeley it was worth driving over because his office is
fantastic. There is no strapping down & forcing there. The
office has lots of dentist chairs in a common area where kids
can watch a movie on TV or play video games (older kids) or read
books, and all work in progress is visible to all. For my
daughter's first visit, we were in a private room, but the door
was open. Dr. Perry is very kind and has a great manner with
kids. He never forced my daughter to do anything. Nevertheless,
he did have to look at her teeth and she wouldn't open her
mouth, so he had me hold her in my lap, facing me, and then tilt
her backward, and he very quickly counted her teeth. She did cry
a little, but not a big howling fit (and she is certainly
capable of those.) The interesting thing is that her memory of
the visit to the dentist has become one of her favorite things
to talk about - she will walk up to complete strangers and
say ''I went to the dentist and he counted my teeth. 1, 2, 3...''
We've been back one time since and actually managed a flouride
treatment! I really think if you choose a good kid-centric place
like this, your daughters will be fine.
and now she wants to be a dentist when she grows up
Strapping down and prying open? Yikes! I took my son to the
dentist for the first time when he was almost two, so here's
my experience. There is no ''chair'' there but rather more like
a flat, padded bench where the child lays down. On the first
visit, I chatted with the dentist, gave him a medical and
social history and asked any questions that I had. Then the
dentist looked into my son's mouth. He was a little squirmy,
but the dentist told him that he was only counting his teeth
(which he did). He was wearing gloves but used no
instruments. He looked at the teeth, but never even cleaned
them. That was it. He got a sticker and a new toothbrush
and we were on our way. At that age, I think it's important to
have a good experience and set up some good memories.
If you're really worried, I would ask for recommendations
from other parents and maybe even visit the office before,
without the twins. If you feel confident, they will sense that
too. And I don't think that you would need two adults, since
the dentist can look at the twins one at a time while the other
is sitting on your lap or playing. But I guess you know their
energy level better.
Feel free to email if you would like the name of our dentist.
Last week my 3 1/2 year old daughter had her first appointment at the dentist. This
dental office is one I have gone to for years and have always referred everyone
to - telling everyone how lucky I am to truly love going to my dentist. I had even
gone in about a week before my daughter's appointment for my own procedure
and asked about her upcoming appointment and wasn't told anything in particular
(although I did express concern about having x-rays administered). I guess I
always just assumed that I would be in there with her - when have I ever not
been? Well, anyway, they 'called her in' by herself - told me it was so she could
create a relationship with the dentist and it caught me completely off guard. It was
our first time and I thought I really trusted this office so I ignored my own instincts
and thought this must be the way things are and I just need to let her grow up. So
she comes out after all is said and done (x-rays, flouride, etc) to me in the waiting
room. The lady taking my money asked the assistant 'did you end up doing the x-
rays?' which made me realize they had remembered my wish to avoid them and
also made the paranoid in me wonder if they did this to 'get me out of the way' so
they could do whatever standard procedures they wanted to without a hassle. She
was fine - she is generally quite confident and game - although she did ask me the
next day 'why did you let them take me?' which devistated me. Even before her
comment I was feeling a bit betrayed by them and like I had betrayed my girl's
trust by letting her go when that wasn't what we had prepared ourselves for. My
questions are: is it normal to take the kid in alone on the first visit? What are other
people's first dental experiences like? Are x-rays and flouride universally required
for 3 year olds (she had no cavities)?
Thanks for any input -
Still feeling tweaky
My kids go to a pediatric dentist,and I suspect they are much
better equipped to deal with kids than an adult dentist. Our
experiences have been much different. The parents come into the
room which is a big open room with four dental chairs and an area
right there for the parents to hang out. The child can even lay
on top of the parent if need be or sit in their laps. My oldest
daughter had her first set of standard xrays at five (my 2yo had
some too but that was related to trauma to her teeth). I think
you should consider going to a pediatric dentist. there are lots
of good ones (see the archives; I go to the Wampler Katsura
practice near Alta BAtes, and we see Dr. Carol Miyahara).
You sound like just the same kind of Mom I am. My son is now 9
and I still go with him into the dental exam. The staff hardly
raises their eyebrows. Just conduct yourself like you know that
what you're doing is right for your child, and the staff should
not mind -- especially with a 3 year old. If they do, find
another pediatric dentist.
I accompany my son because he wants me to, so why not? and I
couldn't his tolerate feeling I had somehow abandoned him. He
is slowly gaining independence and I'm okay with his own rate of
progress. My other reasons for going in with him are so that I
can be sure they don't give him fluoride. His file is clearly
marked ''No Fluoride'' but once they did forget, and I was there
to stop them. My son still has NO cavities at 9 yrs old. Also,
I don't want them to do x-rays as often as they want to, and
this way I can monitor that, too.
Follow your Gut Instincts
Pediatric dentists do exactly what you were expecting. Our
dentist doesn't even consider x-rays until they're 5. Perhaps if
there is cause to take them before, they will, but not routinely.
They also want parents in with the child, not only to make it
easy on parent and child, but so that you're informed about your
child's dental health. Our first visit was due to trauma @ 2.5
and I sat in the chair and my son lay on top of me. The doctor
did nothing but examine the trauma area, and discussed future,
possible outcomes. We waited until he was over 3 for his first
cleaning and checkup, which was a bit more invasive, but he had
no complaints. We just had a second visit, and he was a model
patient, very relaxed and cooperative, and awaiting a chance to
pick from the prize box. There are several pediatric dental
practices in the EBay - most of them are on the website, we've
been very happy with Katsura, Wampler, et. al, and see Arnold
Nakazato, and have had only a positive experience. I believe all
the dentists in this practice are equally competent and use the
My son's first appt was actually at about 2yo because I wanted
him to become comfortable at an early age. We go to a pediatric
dental practice, so they are very sensitive about kids' and
parents' feelings. My son is now almost 8 and still does not
want me to not be there with him. I can empathize though with
your feeling betrayed and that you didn't really get to do what
you intended. I've been in those kind of situations and also kick
myself after. If your daughter seems ok about it now, just chalk
it up to experience. Now you'll know better what to do next time.
As far as x-rays and fluoride, nothing is really required, I
think. As the parent, it's really your job to decide what
treatments she gets. As long as you ask questions and learn the
pros and cons, the ultimate decision is yours. Good luck.
I think you are right to be concerned. Although, I have a friend whose
kids go to a dentist with the same ''kid goes it alone with dentist''
procedure as yours does. So I guess it isn't unheard of. I don't let my
(5 and 9) see their doctor or their dentist without me present. That
change when they are older.
For now, you should insist on being in the room. You don't have to
about what the dentist or assistants think. Just tell them that you are
mother, she is very young, and you are not comfortable with it. Period.
is your right. As for the x-rays, 3 1/2 seems very young for that. My
daughter has been going to the dentist since she was 2 1/2 or 3 and she
just had her first x-rays this year (at age 5).
Lastly, you might consider taking her to a pediatric dentist. They deal
with all kinds of kids and parents. My own dentist flat out told me
thought I should take my daughter to a pediatric dentist. He thought it
was better for the kids to be in a kid-friendly environment at first.
that once they get the hang of what the dentist needs to do, then they
can go to regular dentist.
If you need a name, we go to the offices of Dr. Wampler. (There are 5
dentists there. We see Dr. Khalil). They have two offices in Berkeley
Colby and on Ensenada) and one in Orinda. Good luck and trust your
Your experience sounds very unusual and you should probably
switch to a pediatric dentist. I love my dentist (Dr. Marchelle
King), who is a family dentist, but was more comfortable taking
my kids to a pediatric dentist. Dr. King recommended Dr. Vivian
Lopez. My kids (5 and 2.5) had their first visit last week and
the experience was great. The hygenist was great with the kids
(my 5 year old son can be very shy and cautious) and Dr. Lopez
was very laid back. I was with the kids the whole time, except
when my son had x-rays. If he had been uncomfortable going to a
separate room with the hygenist, I don't think it would have
been an issue for me to go with him. The dentist said that 4.5
is the standard age for first x-rays -- so my 2.5 yr old
daughter didn't have them. My son got a fluoride treatment.
They tried to give one to my daughter, she resisted, so they
quit trying immediately -- no pressure! My son also swore off
sweets for a few days thanks to a lecture on healthy snacks from
There are a number of good pediatric dentists in the area -- you
and your daughter would probably be happier with one of them.
I'd be pissed.
Talk to your dentist again and tell them that YOU as the parent
would like to know the procedures before they are administered
to your child. You have the right (and the insurance...) to
decline if you would like. I took my daughter in this year too.
She just turned 4 in March and we went to a pediatric dentist who
goes very slowly and doesn't take x-rays or apply fouride as
standard procedure. I didn't take her to my own dentist because
i felt that she needed special handling as a small child.
Definately reiterate to your own dentist that you are perfectly
happy with your own treatment there but very unhappy with the
way they handled you/your child and that you expect the office
and the dentists there to listen to you.
I can't reply to your exact question, other than to tell you that when
daughter's pediatric dentist said that it was a requirement of their
that the parent not be present during the filling of a cavity, we left
office immediately and never returned. I had/have the same feeling
your have--I had never before left my child during any medical/dental
procedure, and had no intention of making this the first time. I say
your motherly gut feelings and don't allow anyone to do anything to or
with your child that makes you uncomfortable. I would be very clear
with the dentist about your future expectations and if they are not
comfortable with them (as our first dentist was not), I'd find a new
for your daughter. We've been very happy with Dr. Neil Katsura; my
daughter has had a lot of dental work, and I've been with her every
of the way!
My children had their first (and all subsequent) dental exams
at Dr. Neal Katsura's office. They could not have been better
experiences. Dr. Neal Katsura invited us to the back. He made
my daughter very comfortable in a bright colorful room with
toys, etc. She was very comfortable with him by the time he
brought her to the yellow ''banana'' chair and playfully
prepared her for x-rays. She had a WONDERFUL first experience
and was her little brother's best coach when he went at the
same age (3). We've seen Dr. Bob and another dentist there.
All are fabulous with kids. It's terrible that I can't
remember his name, but he pulled her two lower front teeth and
made sure I brought my son out of eye range so he wouldn't
freak out later. My daughter had no idea how scary it looked
to me (I've never had a tooth pulled). He was calm, collected
and quick. She was very matter of fact about it b/c of the
prep by the dentist. They are all about kids. Dr. Neal
Katsura's in Berkeley on Colby: (510) 848-6494.
Won't ever change dentists
SWITCH DENTISTS!!! x rays are a huge pet peeve of mine. There
is no reason that any dentist has ever been able to give me
about why i should have x rays that makes sense. If you brush
and floss regularly (every day), and are a healthy non smoker,
the odds of something being wrong that is detectable only by x
ray is less than miniscule. And even then, it's not like it's
going to be life threatening, although to listen to most
dentists, you'd think it was! Medical doctors don't threaten
you if you decide not to get a mammogram or colonoscopy--they
just explain why it's in your best interest to do so--the
decision is up to the individual--it is their body, after all!
And the last time I checked, it's MY mouth!! But I have had a
dentist actually kick me out of his practice because I refuse
to get x rays, or have my children x rayed. If I need a crown,
or am having pain, that's another story--I am willing to have a
tooth x rayed in that situation. But to recieve ''routine'' x
rays is not something I will allow myself or my children to be
subjected to. Dentists love to say how the amount of radiation
is less than you receive walking down a street in the
sunshine. Which makes absolutely no sense. Why would I want
ANY more unnecessary radiation? The only conclusion I can make
is that it is an extra thing they can bill for.
To add insult to injury, your dentist did this behind your
back. I would write a letter to the office, and also to the
American Dental Association, and the Better Business Bureau.
What they did was unethical. Also, you should NEVER be
separated from an anxious child, or a child who just wants you
nearby for security.
I now have a fabulous dentist, Dr. Ruddell of Oakland,
who does not insist on routine x rays. ( I discussed this
BEFORE joining the practice) I think he would prefer if we got
them, but he doesn't make a big deal of it. He also let me sit
beside my (big baby) 13 year old while she had a filling done.
Good luck, and I'm sorry about your experience.
I can't wait to hear advice/other experiences about this one. . .
Anyway, just two
1. I'm sure in following the office protocol, you were just trying to
make things go
smoothly for your daughter. AND, you were caught off-guard. However,
I'm sure you'll go with your gut instict, which is always best.
2. Feel free to assert your right as a parent to have control over how
relationships are ''created'' with other adults. You are with her at
her other doctor
appointments, etc. and I'm sure she has plenty of relationhips with
adults that have
been established under your supervision.
In response to the issue about x-rays at a dental office, it is
necessary to have them in order to identify cavities. A
dentist cannot perform appropriate diagnosis of one's teeth
without them. While it is certainly not mandatory to have x-
rays if you don't want to keep your teeth, it is advisable if
you want to maintain healthy teeth. You may want to go to a
dentist who uses digital radiography which is totally
I'm confused - I've read that the American Dental Assoc
recommends that children see a dentist at around 1 year - but
I've called several and found they don't take children this
young, and all the posts I reviewed on the site referred to
first visits at around the 2.5 - 3 year old range. Has anyone
taken their 12 - 24 month child in for a check-up, and if so,
I asked my dentist about this...when my daughter was about 2 y.o.
He said she should come in when she feels comfortable around him
and the setting. She's 2 1/2 now and hasn't been yet. I'm not
really worried about it. I have an appt. next week in which I
will take her to to get the feel of it, and she's old enough now
to understand what's happening. If she's up for it, great, if
not, we'll try again when she's 3.
We took my daughter at 3 years, and the dentist was delighted to
see her then, and not at all upset that we waited that long. No
dentist I spoke with wanted to see her much earlier than that.
I think that as long as you are brushing your kid's teeth (that
young, I think we just brushed with a wet brush, no paste of any
kind, not even the flouride-free kind) and vigilant about no
juice/milk right before sleep, you can relax.
On the other hand, if there are signs of decay or pain because
of teeth (outside of teething pain, of course!), an earlier
visit to the dentist might be warranted.
I have a 13 month old baby with 6 teeth. I am a little confused about when
to take her for her first dental visit. I have read different opinions ranging
from 6 months after she gets her first tooth to 2 years old. Does anyone
My children's (pediatric) dentist recommends starting dental visits when a
child has 8 teeth and is at least 18 months old. I have 3 children, the
youngest of whom is almost 2, and from my experience, this advice has
Usually, the first visit is short and consists of counting the teeth and a
gentle cleaning. My kids have always sat on my lap for the first visit. If
nothing else, it helps the child get used to going to the dentist. At this
point, my kids enjoy their dental appointments.
For whatever it's worth, we finally took our son to the dentist at 3.5 years
old. My son would not open his mouth. The dentist didn't insist, and set
another appointment - for six months later!
My 9 month old son has 9 teeth now (8 front and 1 molar) and I'm
wondering, when should he start going to the dentist? I've heard a
lot of people say at 2 years, but I also heard a commercial from the
American Dental Association saying they should start at 1 year. I
looked on the UCB Parents Newsletter archives at recommendations for a
pediatric dentist, but does anyone know of a dentist in the
Oakland/Berkeley area that is specifically good with very little kids?
Thanks for any help you can give.
Dr. Matsuishi in El Cerrito believes that as soon as they've got enough
teeth, you have to be concerned with dental hygene (phone: 524-4633). I
started taking Chris to him at 18 months (didn't get his first teeth till
12 months) and was very impressed with Dr. Matsuishi and his staff.
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