Regular Dental Visits
Q. How often should a child see the dentist?
A. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends a dental check-up at least twice a year for most children. Some children need more frequent dental visits because of increased risk of tooth decay, unusual growth patterns, or poor oral hygiene. Your pediatric dentist will let you know the best appointment schedule for your child.
Q. Why visit the dentist twice per year when my child has never had a cavity?
A. Tooth decay is not the only reason for a dental visit. Your pediatric dentist provides an ongoing assessment of changes in your child’s oral health. For example, your child may need additional fluoride, dietary changes or sealants for ideal dental health. The pediatric dentist may identify orthodontic problems and suggest treatment to guide the teeth as they erupt in the mouth.
Regular dental visits help your child stay cavity-free. Teeth cleaning remove debris that builds upon the teeth, irritate the gums and cause decay. Fluoride treatments renew the fluoride content in the enamel, strengthening teeth and preventing cavities. Oral hygiene instructions improve your child’s brushing and flossing, leading to cleaner teeth and healthier gums.
Q. Will X-rays be taken at every appointment?
A. No. Pediatric dentists in accordance with the guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, recommend taking X-rays only when it is necessary to protect your child’s dental health. For example, X-rays may be needed to diagnose tooth decay or abnormalities.
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