When children are still very young, parents sometimes wonder when they should start bringing them to the dentist’s office for routine visits. Usually, the best time to start your child’s schedule of routine visits is just after the age of three years old. From then on, your child should visit the dentist as often as you should – at least once every six months. However, throughout your child’s oral health and development, it’s important to keep a close eye on their teeth, gums, and oral structures. Today, we take a look at a few times when you should make an appointment for your child outside of their routine preventive schedule.
Enough time has passed since the last checkup
If it’s been longer than six months since your child’s last dental checkup and cleaning appointment, then they’re already outside of their routine schedule and you should make an appointment as soon as possible. The consistency of this routine is paramount to keeping your child’s smile healthy and developing properly. We can help improve your child’s hygiene routine and spot any signs of concern early, reducing their risks of needing more extensive treatment. Given enough time, such issues can progress and impact several different aspects of your child’s oral health development.
Your child develops a toothache
Routine checkups are important because you and your child may not always notice the earliest signs of trouble. If you do notice a symptom, such as tooth sensitivity or aching, then it’s important to determine the cause of it and treat it appropriately, before it grows worse. The aching of your child’s tooth or teeth can indicate several potential concerns, including the formation of a cavity (the result of tooth decay) or unseen damage to one or more teeth.
Your child has a dental emergency
Tooth sensitivity and pain are common signs of dental emergencies, which are situations that call for immediate attention and treatment. For example, if your child experiences pain in their gum tissues, a permanent tooth becoming loose, or accidental facial or dental trauma, then you should schedule a visit to the dentist as soon as possible to address the underlying issue
Schedule an appointment for your child
In addition to regularly schedule checkups and cleanings, there may be times when you should schedule a dental visit your child as soon as possible. For more information, schedule an appointment by calling Pediatric Dental Care at Casa Linda in Dallas, TX today at 214-321-4880. We proudly serve patients who live around Casa Linda and all surrounding Dallas communities.