Why is it important for my children to be seen by a dentist every six months?
Children are growing and changing so fast that each of their six-month checkups is essentially a new-patient examination. Teeth are being lost, new ones are growing in, bones are lengthening and elongating, and the bite is being established. Seeing your child every six months lets your dentist track the progress of these events and catch any problems early, when they are easier to correct.
When should I bring in my child for his first dental examination?
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that children be brought in for an examination as soon as their first tooth appears (usually between five and eight months, but definitely by one year) so that the parents can learn how to prevent infant tooth decay. During these early visits, most dentists will discuss the need to begin cleaning teeth as soon as they appear in your child’s mouth, the importance of not putting your child to bed with a bottle, and the use of fluoride supplements.
How often should I have a dental checkup?
Dental checkup frequencies for adults, teenagers, and children should be performed regularly every six months. Most insurance plans allow for a standard six month checkup frequency because they know that finding issues with teeth sooner rather than later is much easier on the patient and requires far less work to be performed. Should cavities go unattended for long periods of time, tooth decay can destroy not only the original tooth, but also spread to other teeth in the mouth thereby causing even more dental problems.