Does Your Child Need to Visit the Pediatric Dentist?

As a parent, there is a lot that must be done in order to help protect your kids’ teeth from common issues like cavities, gum disease and other oral health threats. Making sure they brush and floss their teeth regularly can help protect their oral health. Feeding them healthy foods and limiting their sugar can also be helpful. But how often are you taking your kids to see their pediatric dentist? Did you know that children need to visit the dentist just as regularly as adults, in order to help prevent dental problems like cavities and even gum disease? It’s true. So, if your kids have not been to the dentist within the last six months, it is time to schedule their next visit!

Why Is Preventive Care So Key?

Most people, children and adults, need to see the dentist at least twice a year in order to adequately prevent cavities and other problems. That is because even diligent dental hygiene can rarely completely prevent tartar buildup from developing.

Once there, tartar can only be removed through a professional cleaning, which is why routine cleanings and exams are so important.

When Else Should Kids See the Dentist?

Any time your children are complaining about dental pain, or even sensitivity, it is also wise to schedule a dental visit. Addressed quickly, cavities can commonly be addressed with simple dental fillings. Left untreated, however, they become far more likely to require extensive treatment, such as root canal therapy or a pulpotomy to address a tooth infection.

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