As with adults, routine oral health concerns can soon blossom to major problems for a child’s smile. When do you bring your child to the dentist? We recommend seeing a dental professional not only at the first sign of trouble, but also on a regular basis so the doctor can monitor your child’s smile development and health.
The Initial Visit
When does a child first need to see the dentist? Many people are surprised to learn that a checkup is necessary as soon as the first tooth arrives. The first visit may not involve treatment; instead the doctor simply examines the child’s mouth to ensure teeth are erupting properly and to look for possible signs of trouble, such as decay or misalignment. Afterward, routine visits will be recommended, allowing the doctor to monitor the child’s oral health.
Routine Checkups and Cleanings
Every six months your child should undergo a routine checkup and cleaning. Doing so helps reduce the risk of cavities and gingivitis, and also helps combat dental anxiety as the child becomes accustomed to the sights and sounds of the office. A cleaning is especially important for protecting teeth, as this is the only way to remove tartar (hardened plaque) from the teeth.
Signs of Trouble
What are indicators of oral health concerns? If you child reports tooth sensitivity or toothaches, this may be a warning sign of decay. In addition, gums that appear red, feel sore, or bleed easily could be a sign of gingivitis. Don’t ignore any discomfort that doesn’t subside. Instead, contact our office to schedule a consultation. The doctor will examine your child’s smile to see if he/she requires treatment for tooth decay. If you have any questions about children’s dentistry, then please give us a call today.