Lisa says: When did your kids first go to the dentist?

Lisa thinks it's time for Addyson's first visit to the dentist, but she's worried about what he'll find

By Lisa van de Geyn

Lisa says: When did your kids first go to the dentist? Addy's pretty smile

I've never been afraid of the dentist. (My mother might tell you otherwise; I've seen the picture taken of me at my first dentist appointment...I didn't look too happy.) I've been going to the same doctor since my first visit and Addy and Peyton will be seeing him too. I have an appointment coming up in March and I'm planning on bringing Addy with me so she can see how super fun dental appointments are. At the same time I think I'm going to book her first visit. Thing is, I'm terrified of taking her — me and Peter aren't the best when it comes to brushing our kids' teeth. (There. I said it.)

There's a story coming up in the April issue of Today's Parent about Oral Health Month and caring for your kids' pearly whites. I'm a tad embarrassed to admit it, but like many parents, I assumed baby teeth didn't require as much attention as adult teeth. Then Karine, Today's Parent's editor, told me about her daughter's fist dental appointment...and the eight cavities she had. I freaked. I realized that I don't take good enough care of Addy's chompers, and we're probably going to be in for a rude awakening when Addy goes for her first appointment. (I can't picture a three-year-old getting fillings. The thought makes me a little, um, scared of the dentist.) 

I'm wondering if I should've taken her to the dentist already. (And maybe Peyton should be going now, too, since she's got a whole whack of teeth now.)

How old were your kids when you first took them to the dentist? Did they have cavities? Was it a good or terrible experience? (Be honest. I need to prepare myself.)

This article was originally published on Feb 28, 2012

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