The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that your child see the dentist every six months. Your child is growing and changing so quickly, and the same goes for their teeth. Regular dental checkups allow the dentist to make sure their pearly whites are in tip-top shape. Here are the top 5 reasons your child should visit the dentist twice per year:
1. Find little cavities before they get big – Catching cavities early on, while they are still small and easy to treat, saves you time and money and saves your kids a whole lot of pain. Untreated cavities can grow and spread to other nearby teeth. If left alone, they can even turn into painful infections that require root canals. Ouch!
2. Fight cavities with a dental cleaning – Twice-yearly dental visits should include a teeth cleaning where the dentist will scrape off sticky build-up on the teeth (plaque and tartar), and then polish them until they are nice and smooth. This makes it hard for cavity-causing bacteria to “stick around.” Dental cleanings are like a power wash for your kid’s teeth that scrub away the gunk they can’t get rid of with brushing alone.
3. Make sure adult teeth are coming in properly – Unfortunately, a lot of things can go wrong when baby teeth fall out and adult teeth come in. Baby teeth act as placeholders for adult teeth, helping them to grow in straight. When they fall out too early or if adult teeth come in too soon, the result can be a crooked, crowded smile. Treating these sorts of problems early can make all the difference in the world.
4. Prevention is the best medicine – There is an old saying that goes like this: “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Regular dental checkups aren’t just for fixing problems. They also play a big role in stopping dental problems before they start.
5. Teach them how to care for their teeth – When kids visit the dentist, they don’t just get an exam and a cleaning. They get an education. At first, a dental office might seem like a frightening place to a small child. But with regular checkups, kids will start to feel more comfortable with the idea of visiting the dentist. Dentists can be wonderful teachers, showing your child good brushing technique and encouraging them to take care of their teeth. Getting a lesson on oral health from a friendly dentist can go a long way in helping your kids be better about brushing at home.
So don’t wait until a painful toothache appears to bring your child to the dentist. Make an appointment now and get your child on the road to healthy teeth for life!