Dental Check Up
How often should I bring my child to the dentist?
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that your child see a dentist every 6 months. Some children with special needs or those at higher risks for cavities may benefit from seeing a pediatric dentist more frequently.
What will the dentist do at the check up appointment?
The pediatric dentist will review your patients medical and dental history. Based on your child's age and previous dental experience, the appropriate x-rays will be taken. The pediatric dentist will examine your child's teeth, gums, and jaw. Any concerns or issues will be addressed and discussed. Your child will also be cleaned and polished followed by a fluoride treatment.
My child doesn't have any cavities, do they really need to have a dental visit every 6 months?
Tooth decay or cavities is not the only reason to see your pediatric dentist. As children grow, their mouth is also growing and developing. The growth and development should also be assessed to identify any orthodontic issues and also monitor the eruption of the teeth. Children's behavior, activity, diet, hygiene, and overall health is constantly changing. Regular visits will allow us to address any concerns before they become a problem. Moreover, baby teeth are relatively small in size. A small cavity left untreated can get fairly large in the course of a year. Waiting until your child is in pain to schedule a dental visit may result in more extensive treatment. Finally, establishing a routine not only allows your child to feel comfortable coming to the dentist and establish good habits, but it also allows us to get to know your unique child and watch them grow.