It is a common concern: “how often should my child go to the dentist?”
Generally, it is the same as for adults — twice a year. However, there are other considerations to keep in mind when deciding how often a child should visit the dentist.
Children Need Routine Dental Care
Taking a child to the dentist at least every six months is recommended because the pediatric dentist can perform vital routine checkups, cleanings, fluoride applications and X-rays.
Even if your child has a perfect dental checkup and no problems are found, you should still bring them back in six months. If you do not, your child may be at risk of developing cavities, gum disease and other oral health problems.
Routine dental care is also beneficial because the dentist can notify you if your child is brushing too hard, not often enough or is developing bad habits like not flossing. Furthermore, they can find cavities that cannot be seen easily.
If your child presents a clean bill of dental health at their checkup, that is not evidence that they need to reduce their visits to the dentist. Instead, it is evidence that routine cleanings and fluoride treatments are doing their job, keeping your child’s teeth healthy and problem-free.
What if Your Child Has Recurring Dental Issues?
Children with recurring dental issues, such as cavities, inflammation or tooth decay, should visit the pediatric dentist every three months.
Recurring issues can be a problem for children just starting to develop dental habits. This is a crucial time to ensure proper cleaning so that adult teeth come in healthy. Since baby teeth make room for adult teeth, they must be kept clean and healthy.
To prevent recurring tooth issues:
- Watch your child’s diet, brushing habits, mouth pain and inflammation.
- Avoid sugary foods, especially before bed, and use fluoride toothpaste twice a day.
- Always visit an experienced pediatric dentist who can keep their teeth clean and answer questions about dental hygiene and daily habits.
Childhood is a Crucial Period to Embrace Dental Care
Incorporating good dental hygiene habits into one’s life at a young age is essential. We encourage you to bring your child or children to Jefferson Dental Care even before the very first tooth emerges. The sooner the better to start teaching children about the importance of taking care of their teeth and going for regular dental checkups.
At Jefferson Dental Care, we know you have many questions and worries about your child’s dental health. Please take advantage of our knowledgeable dental staff and ask questions. A positive attitude toward dental care is fostered in children when their parents model good habits.
Jefferson Dental Care Adores Children
Our dental team loves children. We teach them to assume a hands-on role in their oral health and show parents how to support their kids. We are experts in helping people overcome their dental phobias, too. Let us help you keep your child’s teeth healthy by booking an appointment today.
Posted on behalf of Jefferson Dental Care