As a parent, you might be wondering how often should my child visit a pediatric dentist for care?
When children are just beginning to develop teeth, it’s sometimes recommended that they see a pediatric dentist every four months. In general, though, children should see a dentist as often as an adult does, which is about twice a year. If our pediatric dentist sees that your little one has an increased risk of decay or a growth pattern that needs to be closely monitored, more frequent visits may be recommended.
Staying cavity-free is one of the major reasons that children (and adults) need to see a dentist for regular checkups. It’s true that some patients are less vulnerable to cavities than others, but not having a cavity now doesn’t mean you won’t develop one in the future. Young children should see a dentist twice a year regardless of any clean bill of health they’ve received in the past.
To provide your child with extra protection following her checkup, dental sealants or a fluoride treatment may be included. These effective services help strengthen teeth and protect them from bacteria and decay. Sealants work by physically blocking teeth from both of these. Fluoride, on the other hand, draws important minerals and nutrients to teeth, strengthening the enamel as a result.
Cavity protection is just one aspect of regular care, though. Professional cleanings are also important. When bacteria and plaque collect around teeth and gums the resulting irritations can lead to gum disease. Visits give our pediatric dentists a chance to talk to both you and your child. During our time together we can come up with an appropriate appointment schedule for your little one, in addition to discussing any treatments that are needed and offering helpful oral hygiene tips. Our pediatric dentist will also consider your child’s medical and dental history.
Sometimes X-rays are needed to fully understand your child’s current health and future needs. But concerned parents should know that X-rays will not be taken at every appointment; they’re used only in special cases to deliver truly comprehensive care. If you have any questions or concerns about us taking X-rays, feel free to raise them. We understand your concern and we’re happy to answer any questions you might have.
To keep your child’s smile healthy in between visits, consider these helpful tips:
- Avoid excessive, unhealthy snacking.
- Brush twice a day and floss once.
- Take advantage of dental sealants and fluoride supplements when offered.
- Drink tap water, which includes fluoride, instead of bottled water and brush with a trusted fluoride toothpaste.
By following these tips, you can help your little one stay healthy in between visits to our pediatric dentistry office.
Is it time for your child’s next visit? Are you unsure of when to bring your little one in for a first visit? Call Kidtastic today to reserve an appointment or to ask about any of our services. We have locations in Mesa, Gilbert and Queen Creek. Our team has years of experiencing and training to help our youngest patients develop healthy, beautiful smiles. We’re ready to hear from you today.