Is 3 Years Old Too Late for a Child's 1st Dentist Appointment?

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Chrissy Teigen is being attacked on social media after posting a video of her daughter, Luna, going to the dentist. 

It was the 3-year-old’s first visit to the dentist and she was sitting on her grandmother's lap while Luna learned about dental care by brushing the teeth of a stuffed alligator. 

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So proud of my toons at her first dentist appointment!!

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But in no time, Teigen was getting mommy-shamed on Instagram

Her critics on social media say that 3 years of age is too late for a child's first dentist appointment.

"Can’t believe that's her first dentist appointment,” wrote one person.

"Luna definitely should have seen a dentist multiple times by now,” added another. 

Apparently, Teigen was bracing herself for the trolls. "Was waiting for this. U guys never fail me," she responded.

Pediatric dentist Emille Agrait spoke to Inside Edition about the best age to first bring a child to the dentist. She said that children should go to the dentist for the first time between 6 to 12 months, but going when the kid is 2 or 3 is “not that bad.”

As for the outrage Teigen is facing, the dentist said, "I don’t think this is the moment to be judgmental about how a mom wants to take care of their child.” 


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