how do you get a two year old to see a dentist?

Philippines
December 12, 2006 10:34pm CST
do you have any tips on getting my two year old to see a dentist? he just hates to have his teeth brushed and he is beginning to have signs to tooth decay due to eating too much sweets. his grandmother spoils him alot by giving him candy all the time. I would like to have a dentist check him up. but he wont sit still. do you have any tips that can help?
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@trenea7 (86)
• United States
13 Dec 06
I just took my timid 3 year old to the dentist for the first time and she did great. We go to a pediatric dentist so everyone there is very experienced in working with little kids. They give the kids cool sunglasses to wear (so the dentist's lamp won't shine in their eyes) and they have cartoons that the kids can watch during the exam. Our dentist and hygenist is very careful to only do as much as your child can handle. They explain everything and even let her hold "Mr. Slurpy", the suction tool. They didn't try to do x-rays as she was looking a little scared and they didn't want to push. My suggestion is to read lots of books that tell stories of other kids going to the dentist. Then find a dentist that specializes in kids. If need be, they will just have you keep coming back every two or three months as your child gets gradually more used to the environment. And, finally, give up the candy! Help her think of something else she can give him as a treat that would be special at Grandma's. Perhaps a muffin or frozen fruit--something a little unusual, but healthy. However, I think whether his grandmother responds to his mother's wishes for her to stop feeding candy is a whole other issue!
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@Echo123 (155)
• United States
13 Dec 06
I am thrilled to read your thoughtful and positive reply! I have a three year old, almost four, who I have not taken to the dentist yet. I KNOW I should and have been putting it off, since getting her to brush well several times a day is a battle. I good pediatric dentist seems to make all the difference. I know it is not a good idea to wait until she has her adult teeth. Gums and roots need care now and the children should be used to their dnetist at a young age, as well.
• Philippines
13 Dec 06
actually thats my problem too:) my daughter is about 21 months old and i am really having a hard time brushing her teeth. so whenever i brushed her teeth i would tell her "brush your teeth like stephanie, she says 20 up and 20 down" (stephanie was a character in her favorite cartoon named Lazy Town in Nickelodeon Channel. And sometimes I will tell her "Ate KC is brushing her teeth too and also Kevin, you don't want to have bad breath di ba?" But still she has this discolored teeth and I think it's because of her milk but then her Pedia says it's natural because it's juts milk teeth but whenever I have a time I'd go find a Pediatric Dentist so I can get some opinion about it.:)
• United States
13 Dec 06
Yep, we're having the same issues here!!! I look forward to reading the responses!! Also my kids are on medicaid and not many "fun" kids dentists accept it, so we dont have that option really.
• Philippines
13 Dec 06
tell the child that good kids go to the dentist because dentists are friendly. and that you will give him/her a reward if he/she do that (a toy or something that kids usually love)
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• Philippines
13 Dec 06
i have already tried this but he still wont sit still. its really frustrating sometimes.
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@medooley (1874)
• United States
14 Dec 06
I dont know if this will help or not. But our dentists has us bring our kids with us when we go, he lets them sit in a little chair while he works on our teeth do the kids can see that is doesn't hurt us. Then after we are done he asks them if they would like him to check their teeth to make sure they are nice and healthy. Ask your dentist if they would be willing to do this.
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@juvilyn (37)
• Philippines
14 Dec 06
it is normal to the children to fear a dentist,, most of the chidren does,, but i saw on Tv last week.. that you should brief the child and prepare her mind to go to a dentist and tell to your child that the dr will remove the germs on her mouth,,
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@juvilyn (37)
• Philippines
14 Dec 06
it is normal to the children to fear a dentist,, most of the chidren does,, but i saw on Tv last week.. that you should brief the child and prepare her mind to go to a dentist and tell to your child that the dr will remove the germs on her mouth,,
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@2bepink (126)
• United States
14 Dec 06
Before my son's first visit to the dentist, I took him along to one of my hygiene appointments. While the dental hygienist was cleaning my teeth, she talked to my son and was telling him everything that she was doing, but she explained things for his age level to understand. I have been very fortunate and have not had too many problems getting my son to brush his teeth. He does very well and has been going to the dentist for cleanings twice a year for the past 2 years.
• United States
14 Dec 06
Kids are funny...even as young as age 2 they will more likely do what a person from outside the family asks them to than do what a mother requests. Find dentist that specializes in working with children. I had great luck with that when my own were young, and they never once hesitated to go to the dentist. Matter of fact they would remind me of when it was time for their six month check ups! Good dental habits should be developed early.
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• United States
14 Dec 06
Take him to a family dentist and that should help.
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@ESKARENA1 (18299)
13 Dec 06
first of all, instead of seeing a dentist maybe see a dietition and ask about the advisability of allowing a child access to so many sweet things. Secondly, if grandparents act in this way, maybe the social services child care department have something to say. As a parent of two young daughters i would be restricting access to anyone who abused my children in this way. The dentist would be my laast port of call most of them know how to deal with children but not many see children so young
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@ndraj_2006 (1422)
• India
13 Dec 06
there is no other Option. First Consult The doctor before the child gets pain. reduce giving sweets to child. Due to eating sweets germs may cause more harm for teeth. GO TO DOCTOR FIRST !!!
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• Australia
13 Dec 06
To start with tell his grandmother that she isn't spoiling him when she gives him too much candy - she's just rotting his teeth! A little bit as a treat every now and then is ok but not all the time! Have you tried playing a game with him while he's at the dentist - maybe read to him or do "This little piggie"?
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• Romania
13 Dec 06
that question interests me too. my daughter is also two, and has distances between her teeth. and I would like a dentist to see her, but she is just too small to sit in a chair with open mounth1
• United States
13 Dec 06
I just took my 3 year old to the dentist for the first time. She, too, has spaces between her teeth. They were totally unconcerned for now as the baby teeth are smaller and the gaps are necessary for there to be room when the permanent teeth start coming in.
@tanujarneja (2833)
• India
13 Dec 06
see i would like to request dont go for a dentist at such a small age as these teeths are not original ones milk teeths are to be replaced by original ones they are temporary ones so when ur child grows then u can make him understand ki this is necessary and all
• United States
13 Dec 06
This is true. However, bad decay in your baby, or "milk" teeth can cause damage to the permanent teeth. You still need to have regular checkups, though many say it's not necessary until age 3.
• United States
16 May 07
I've always brushed my children's teeth as soon as I was told to start keeping their mouth clean - we started off with this rubber thing to rub on their gums before the teeth started coming in, then we moved up to the brush when their first tooth broke in. So, they've always been used to having someone else do it for them. The dentist said kids can't get in there good enough until their around seven and to do the primary brushing, then let them practice. As far as the dentist goes, we've always gotten them excited about going so they'd have healthy teeth. We talk about healthy things all the time (eating, sleeping, etc.) and it's always invigorated them. They like the fact that they can control how healthy their teeth are between visits.
• United States
16 May 07
First of all, tell him no more sweets until he is a good boy at the dentist! Stick to it. You are the mom that's why. Children are not in charge..so take charge!!! You have to be stronger than the 2 year old. Also, with teeth brushing, make sure the toothbrush is very small, so he doesn't hurt himself with it, or get one of those electric toothbrushes with Cookie Monster on it or something. Tell him Cookie Monster likes cookies and sweet things but he still brushes his teeth. He would be considered a very big boy to brush his teeth by himself. Also consider healthier ways of giving him sweets. Give him orange slices instead of candy, or grapefruit slices with brownsugar. That way he is getting something good for him on top of the sugar. Don't offer candy unless he brushes his teeth first. Then afterwards too. Make it a habit and he will get accustomed to it. If he is in daycare, talk to the provider and tell her that you are trying to encourage him to brush his teeth. Ask her if she has any cool materials you might be able to use. (Preschool type centers often have a big tooth mouth or something to show kids how to brush their teeth.) Pick out books from the library about teeth brushing for kids. Sometimes seeing the bunny brush its' teeth is all they need LOL. Just understand though that you have to take charge of this. He's not at fault for eating to many sweets. If grandmother spoils him..tell her that she must spoil him with lots of love not food...it will only lead to problems later on. If she cannot follow those rules then simply teach him that candy is not the best thing in the world by serving only healthy snacks at home! (However if you have no candy in the house and he only gets it at grandma's make sure that you buy a little bag that he can have one piece of a day...after he learns to brush his teeth so that you can make candy not such a treat! ) Treats are only treats if they don't get them very often in my opinion. SO make it so candy isn't so taboo..just feed him only healthy snacks and limit the candy intake. Ask his grandmother to help as well. Perhaps she can convince him that teeth brushing is cool! Have him take his toothbrush whenever he goes to her house as well (or buy a special one to keep there just for him along with a kids-sized tooth paste). Ask her to help you teach him so that she can feel involved instead of lectured. As far as the dentist goes, play dentist at home! Make a game of it. Maybe you and grandma can play dentist and dentist patient. Pretend that you are going to get "your teeth counted". Then let him do it too. Let him be the dentist for a little while so he can see inside your mouth and "count your teeth." All these things are good for getting kids ready for their first dentist visit. Show him how wide he must open his mouth and maybe use a spoon and pretend to use it to see the back teeth etc. It can be fun if you just get creative. But the main thing is that grandma needs to learn not to give him candy instead of love. Hugs and kisses are way better for him than candy. Playing games is way better than candy. Help her learn healthier alternatives at the same time as you show him that the dentist needs his help to check his teeth. Show him how still you have to sit. (And for how long) Little kid dental checkups only take a few minutes usually. Also, perhaps you could hold him in the big chair. Have the dentist show him how the chair works...how it goes up and down like an elevator and give him a little ride with you holding him. Then have the dentist "count your teeth" and tell him "Mommy has this many teeth...How many do you have? Let's count them and see!"
@tommy0099 (194)
• Indonesia
14 Dec 06
I think two years old does't need go to the dentist, I have son 2years old just brush his teeth when he sick, but he should brush twice a day+ when he sick and put a medicine to his teeth something like you can put 1/2 drop.
@Zhanec (1652)
• Malaysia
14 Dec 06
scary dentist - dentist
by telling him( i guess it only works for boy)that the denstist has fun tools from "inspecktor gadgets movie" .Before going to the destist,tell ur child aboutthe process that he/she will go tru in the room..so they wont be too afraid.Another trick that i often use is to praise him for his bravery if he ever attend a dentist check up.
@rash219 (808)
• United States
14 Dec 06
lol i remember whn tat happened to me my mom according her scared the hell out me by showing my granpa's teeth....rather tooth....n i believe u can fill in rest on how she got me to the dentist...
@knskys12 (60)
• United States
14 Dec 06
Your question: how do you get a two year old to see a dentist? My answer: You just take him. Let's not forget that he IS the child and YOU are the parent. I'm sure the dentist has dealt with a lot of kids like yours and will probably have to deal with alot more.