Why Kids Need a Checkup Every Six Months
Children need to have their teeth examined and cleaned every six months in order to avoid common issues like tooth decay. The first visits should start at around age one, and regular ones need to take place every six months at age two. In today’s blog, your Dallas, TX, pediatric dentist talks about why kids need a checkup!
The First Visit
The initial visit should ideally happen at around age one, one the first primary tooth has erupted. This visit involves a knee-to-knee lap exam, and rarely requires any treatment. We just want to get to know your child and make sure his or her teeth are erupting properly.
Six Month Visits
Starting at around age two, we suggest an exam and cleaning every six months for children. During the exam portion, we will employ advanced digital technology to create a clear picture of your child’s smile, and to diagnose possible areas of concern. We will watch for common issues like tooth decay, infection, or gingivitis. We also assess the risk of teeth grinding and make sure primary teeth are arriving and falling out as they should, and to ensure permanent teeth can arrive without complication. This helps lower the risk of dental misalignment! Your kids also become accustomed to seeing the dentist and will gain a better understanding of their oral health, increasing the chances of them continuing to see the dentist into adulthood, and reducing dental anxiety.
Our team will also clean the teeth too! A dental cleaning does what brushing and flossing alone cannot, which is to remove all plaque and tartar from the teeth. Removing harmful buildup helps fight bad breath and teeth stains, and also lowers the risk of tooth decay and gum disease. The process only takes a few minutes, and involves the use of an ultrasonic scaling device and a manual pick to remove the buildup. We then polish the teeth for a brighter appearance. For added protection against cavities, we will also apply fluoride in a topical gel during each appointment, as this helps strengthen the protective layer of outer enamel. Our team will also offer dental sealants, which coat the rear teeth to prevent food particles from becoming trapped there. Since these are areas kids have the most trouble reaching when they brush and floss, this reduces the risk of cavities there.
If you have any questions about avoiding cavities, or if you want to schedule your child’s next visit, then give us a call.
Your Dallas, TX, Dentist Provides Preventive Care
Our team wants to help safeguard your child’s smile against tooth decay. If you have any questions about protecting smiles of all ages in childhood, then contact your Dallas, TX pediatric dentist, Dr. Marr, by calling (214) 321-4880.
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