|Not a real visit, just learning!|
This doesn't seem like a tricky question, but it kind of is. Everyone (and their grandmother) has an opinion, but I always like to throw a bit of common sense into the mix.
The first person I asked? My Uncle Steve. Not only is he a wonderful dentist, but he is the father of four children. I trust his advice, absolutely. Here are his thoughts...
1. At the first tooth eruption, see your dentist, or a local pediatric dentist (or in my common sense approach, just somewhat soon after that little bud appears).
2. As long there aren't any suspected issues (with the pediatrician monitoring), wait until three years old. Toddlers are tricky little beasts after all. They become somewhat reasonable at three years old, at the very least you can bargain for not biting the nice hygienist.
3. Begin brushing those gums before the first tooth even erupts, but don't use flouride. (I will attach an image with some of my favorites.)
I always let my younger one tag along when siblings are headed to the dentist. It's a good way to see that it can be fun! Here is a link to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentists, for more information.
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