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Old 10-23-2013, 02:16 PM
 
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Hi all. It's open enrollment time at my work and I'm debating whether or not to add our infant to our dental insurance. He's only two months old right now, but will be teething well before the end of next year. It's another $20 per month to add him on (going from +1 to family coverage). We have Delta Dental. Not a ton of money, but not money I want to spend if we don't have to. My gut tells me to just pay out of pocket if we need anything this year and add him next year. Just wondering what others have done. Thanks in advance!
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Old 10-23-2013, 02:44 PM
 
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Here's my personal opinion, if it were me, I'd wait. Do the preventative care: brushing, don't put to bed with a bottle, if nursing, after nursing, wipe the teeth with a soft cloth or use a baby toothbrush. Those things right there will help to prevent cavities in a baby.

Ok, so here's my professional RDH opinion: The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends a child's first dental visit when the teeth first come in or by 2. Honestly, the first visit should be a meet and greet or "happy visit" where the dentist will do an exam to make sure the teeth are good and there are no other issues. The dental office I worked in (general office not a Pediatric office) didn't usually see child patients until 3 or if they tolerated sitting in the chair. However, it's been my experience that the earlier the happy visit, the better a child does in subsequent visits. They are then familiar with the staff, all the scary equipment, the procedure, etc.

So long story short, you could wait until next enrollment period to get dental coverage for your little one. Just take care of little ones teeth!
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Old 10-23-2013, 04:02 PM
 
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Thank you RDH35! I think we'll hold off 'til next year. I appreciate the response!
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Old 10-23-2013, 10:00 PM
 
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Here's my personal opinion, if it were me, I'd wait. Do the preventative care: brushing, don't put to bed with a bottle, if nursing, after nursing, wipe the teeth with a soft cloth or use a baby toothbrush. Those things right there will help to prevent cavities in a baby.

Ok, so here's my professional RDH opinion: The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends a child's first dental visit when the teeth first come in or by 2. Honestly, the first visit should be a meet and greet or "happy visit" where the dentist will do an exam to make sure the teeth are good and there are no other issues. The dental office I worked in (general office not a Pediatric office) didn't usually see child patients until 3 or if they tolerated sitting in the chair. However, it's been my experience that the earlier the happy visit, the better a child does in subsequent visits. They are then familiar with the staff, all the scary equipment, the procedure, etc.

So long story short, you could wait until next enrollment period to get dental coverage for your little one. Just take care of little ones teeth!

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