Chrissy Teigen Was Mom-Shamed Over Luna’s First Trip to the Dentist

When should your kids get their first checkup?

By: Amanda Mushro
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NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JUNE 23: Luna Legend and Chrissy Teigen pose for a photo during POPSUGAR Play/Ground at Pier 94 on June 23, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Lars Niki/Getty Images for POPSUGAR and Reed Exhibitions )

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Chrissy Teigen proves yet again that she has no time for the mom-shamers.

Teigen shared a video on Instagram of her daughter, 3-year-old Luna, visiting the dentist for the first time.

"So proud of my toons at her first dentist appointment!" Teigen captioned the video, which shows Luna brushing a stuffed animal's teeth while sitting on her maternal grandmother’s lap.

What seemed like a sweet post quickly turned into major backlash and some ugly comments from Teigen’s followers. Some even suggested Teigen was a bad mom for not taking Luna for her first dentist appointment sooner.

Teigen, who is no stranger to mommy-shaming, clapped back with a quick response. "Was waiting for this," she wrote. "You guys never fail me."

So, what do the experts say about your little one’s first dentist appointment?

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends kids have their first dentist appointment when their first tooth sprouts or when they turn one. (Sorry, Chrissy.)

However, the dentist can be a scary place for your kids and nerve-wracking for you. So, regardless of age, here’s how to make their first trip a little easier on everyone:

  • Find a pediatric dentist for your child. Their offices are often bright, colorful and full of games and toys to help distract kids. Their staff is trained on ways to help treat young patients and help those who are feeling nervous or anxious.
  • If your child is older, set up an initial visit where your child gets to see the dentist office, play with the toys and familiarize themselves with the staff.
  • Try reading books about visiting the dentist, or even engage in imaginary play and act out what will happen when your child goes for their check-up. Your child’s favorite TV show may have an episode with a visit to the dentist that they can watch before their visit.
  • Come prepared with their favorite toy. It’s a great distraction from nervousness.
  • Plan a fun adventure or treat after the dentist. This will help your little one focus on the positive of the experience.
  • Stay calm, Mom! Even if the dentist makes you nervous, that doesn’t mean your kids will be the same way. If you are calm, it will help your child stay calm.
  • If the visit doesn’t go well, don’t despair. You can try again in six months during their next visit. Eventually, it will get easier.

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