Because he's over a year old and he already has 10 teeth (7 in front and 3 molars).
"In order to prevent dental problems, your child should see a pediatric dentist when the first tooth appears, or no later than his/her first birthday." (American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry)It's important to take your kids early to the dentist to prevent cavities and make sure there aren't any problems. For example when the dentist brushed Luke's teeth his gums bled by his molars--I wasn't brushing his teeth good enough! You may think because they are just baby teeth and fall out anyway it's not that important to take care of them like permanent teeth--but baby teeth are place holders for permanent teeth and not taking care of them may cause problems or damage to the permanent teeth. Not taking care of them may also cause speech eating problems.
At the dentist we did end up just waiting a lot, but they had lots of toys there since it was a special pediatric dentist office. Luke didn't mind too much either. He fussed a bit when he opened his mouth, but overall it was quick and painless. And he got a little ducky, a new toothbrush and a few other little things.
Now just me and Scott have to go--next week. I haven't been in 4 years (oi.) and Scott (1 1/2) So we are definitely due. I wonder who will have more cavities...