Are Your Kids In Need of Dental Care?

When was the last time your kids visited their pediatric dentist? If it has been more than six months, did you know that they are actually overdue for their next dental checkup and cleaning? Some parents don’t realize how crucial it is to take their children for regular dental care, instead thinking that dentistry is really only necessary for permanent teeth. Unfortunately, this can lead to a host of oral health issues that can cause discomfort, and even lead to lifelong struggles with issues like gum disease. To protect your kids’ smiles, remember that it is important that they visit the pediatric dentist routinely, at least once every six months. You should also pay attention to their smiles, and schedule an appointment if an oral health threat is present.

When Was Their Last Dental Checkup?

Again, bi-annual dental visits have long been recommended, but it is important to remember that this is just a general guideline. Some patients, including kids, may be genetically predisposed to struggling with dental decay, and therefore may require more frequent checkups in order to adequately protect the smile.

Some issues, like gingivitis, also demand more frequent dental visits, in order to help restore the oral health.

Are Their Smiles Showing Any Signs of Problems?

Another way to know that it is time for a child to visit the dentist is if his or her smile begins to show signs of any decay or other health problems. For instance, discoloration could be indication of visible plaque buildup or even a cavity. Even chronic bad breath can be indication of issues like gum disease. Inflamed or irritated gums can also be symptoms of gingivitis.

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