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Bringing kids to the dentist ... when?

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shoppingmama wrote:
Jul 1st, 2007 5:48 pm
As for dentists we went around 3/4 years old.
I guess it is 3 to 4, not 0.75.
shoppingmama wrote:
Jul 1st, 2007 5:48 pm
We also are very careful about fluoride, surprise surprise :D
like-minded ;) , very interesting, it seems certain kind of parents eventually going to the same path. What is next? :D Do you eat sea salt? LOL
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Bullseye wrote:
Jul 1st, 2007 8:20 am
Getmail - is there any kooky conspiracy theory that you WON'T buy into? :cheesygri
Actually I wish I no need to buy into any "conspiracy theory". I wish I can just let the doctors or experts to take care of my child instead of spending the time to follow the links and check the journals, research papers, documents. Before I have my child, I don't care about any "conspiracy theory", however, the child had some problems and forced me to look into the "conspiracy theories".

Can you suggest any kook conspiracy theory that I can buy into? ;)

I can suggest one now, I am using sea salt (actually this one is before I have my child). I guess you know why. :lol:
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We have only used sea salt in our home for the last 10 years :D
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getmail99 wrote:
Jul 2nd, 2007 1:38 am
Actually I wish I no need to buy into any "conspiracy theory". I wish I can just let the doctors or experts to take care of my child instead of spending the time to follow the links and check the journals, research papers, documents. Before I have my child, I don't care about any "conspiracy theory", however, the child had some problems and forced me to look into the "conspiracy theories".

Can you suggest any kook conspiracy theory that I can buy into? ;)

I can suggest one now, I am using sea salt (actually this one is before I have my child). I guess you know why. :lol:
Sure, here are some for you to investigate;

Milk is bad for you!
http://www.notmilk.com/

Meat is bad for you!

http://www.peta.org

Cooked food is bad for you!

http://www.rawfoodlife.com/default.htm

Living near power lines is bad for you!

Cell phones give you cancer!

That should keep you busy for awhile. :lol:
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I have soft teeth, so does my son. I had 1 filling in my teeth up to age 26, after that they took the flouride out of our water, not knowing any better I continued on as normal, brushing and flossing regularly like always. Within 2 yrs I had 17 teeth with cavities.
As far as kids....our son used to grind his teeth in his sleep, it wore his enamel off at such an early age he needed dental surgery by 18 months, and he needed 4 teeth pulled by 4 years of age. There is no way you can go too early. We even started brushing our kids gums prior to teeth coming in.
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Bullseye wrote:
Jul 2nd, 2007 10:44 am
Milk is bad for you!
http://www.notmilk.com/
Milk, this one is too easy, I stopped drinking milk 10 years ago. :lol: Stop drinking milk is like high school. Try to get raw milk is difficult, this is university level. :lol:
Bullseye wrote:
Jul 2nd, 2007 10:44 am
Meat is bad for you!
http://www.peta.org

Cooked food is bad for you!
http://www.rawfoodlife.com/default.htm
The above two I don't consider as "conspiracy theories"("one size fits all" see edit below). I pass on the above two.
Bullseye wrote:
Jul 2nd, 2007 10:44 am
Living near power lines is bad for you!
Good one, however, do you want me to show you the calculation of the electromagnetic field around the power line? :lol:
Bullseye wrote:
Jul 2nd, 2007 10:44 am
Cell phones give you cancer!
I am too cheap, I just use those pay as you go phones, so I no need to worry about this one.


.... okay, try this ...

butter (for) - primary school level.
saturated fat (for) - this one is a little higher level, high school level.
milk (aware) - high school level.
sea salt (for) - primary school level.
fluoride (aware) - I would say high school level.
non-enriched flour (for) - primary school level.
Try to get raw milk in Ontario (want to try) - this is at least university level, probably grad school :lol:

Edit:
Just to clarify the meaning of "conspiracy theory" so not to mislead the readers. I don't use the term "conspiracy theory", Bullseye uses the term to make joke on me. Actually I respect those doctors and researchers who solve the problem, what I don't like is the one size fits all approach. And this one size fits all approach dates back to the 30s when the local areas cannot buy foods from around the world. Also added "for" and "aware" (not against :lol :) to clarify my idea about the topic.
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djjosee wrote:
Jun 27th, 2007 8:06 pm
Both myself and my wife have our annual check-up at the dentist. When should we start bringing the kids?
We brought our son to see the paediatric dentist after his first bday, and the dentist said the next visit will be 3 years old. O, btw, the regular dentist insurance doesn't cover fully the fees from paediatric dentist because it's kinda a specialist.

http://www.kidsandteensdentistry.com/parents1.html#head

The first visit

"We recommend the first dental examination by 12 months of age. We will examine your child’s teeth, check for decay, make sure teeth are coming in the right order, screen all the oral tissues for diseases and determine proper jaw development. This early appointment is one of the best things you can do for your child. Many problems, which might otherwise develop, can be prevented by this early visit."
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Here's an idea......why not call your own dentist and ask them what age they recommend
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shoppingmama wrote:
Jul 1st, 2007 5:48 pm
This is only available for low income people with no insurance.

As for dentists we went around 3/4 years old. We also are very careful about fluoride, surprise surprise :D
It must vary from province to province, because here in Alberta, in the city I live in, it is a service offered to everyone, regardless of income, regardless of health care insurance plans.
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1 year old is great for us- a GOOD dentist will NOT charge for an exam in your infant as we will just have you bring your children in during one of the parent's or sibling's cleanings. 3-4 is late since by then the other siblings/friends may have had a negative effect on your child's perception of what to expect.
Why is nobody on RFD accountable for their actions???
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There isn't necessarily a "too young" age to see the dentist... as the previous poster mentioned, if the child is just getting a quick "look-see" by the hygienist or dentist after the parent's appointment. But an in-depth exam would require the child to function at a level where the parent feels he/she can sit still. Sometimes a first appointment just involves getting a ride in the chair and maybe getting teeth "counted". Baby teeth should at least be cleaned daily with gauze for young infants and of course never let them sleep with sweet drinks in their mouths.

As for fluoride, I won't be able to convince conspiracy theorists here, but if the local drinking water has none, it is often necessary to supplement with drops or tablets. Now one of the posters said his teeth changed at the age of 26 when fluoride was taken out of the water supply. Unfortunately I don't find it to be the most plausible explanation because fluoride bonds rather strongly to the enamel material and should not "wash away" that easily.

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