How Often Do Kids Really Need to Go to the Dentist?

Your child's baby teeth need the same care as your adult teeth. That means you need to brush them at least twice a day, start flossing when your child has two teeth that touch, and take them to regular dental visits. 

Most parents aren't aware that their child's teeth need so much attention and often come for their first visit when something is wrong. They're almost always surprised when we tell them that their kid's oral problem could have been prevented with regular checkups. 

So, how often should children go to the dentist

Your Child's First Dental Visit 

According to The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, a child's first visit to the dentist should happen after their first tooth comes out or by the time they are one year old. 

This may seem a bit too early for most parents, but this initial visit isn't just for checking your child's oral health. This will also help them feel comfortable and get used to the dental process. 

The first visit usually lasts between 30 and 45 minutes, during which the dentist will check your child's teeth, gums, and jaw. They may also clean and polish your child's teeth to remove any plaque and tartar and show you how to properly brush their teeth at home. 

How Often Should My Child See The Dentist? 

Even if your kid's oral health is in good condition, it's recommended that you schedule the next appointment every six months or so. 

This way, the dentist can ensure that their teeth are developing properly and that there aren't any hidden dental issues, such as cavities or gum disease that can create more trouble if not treated in time. 

The dentist will also clean your child's teeth and use a fluoride treatment to offer an added layer or protection until their next appointment. 

If your little one has recurring oral health problems, such as cavities or demineralization, then you may need to bring them in for a check up every three months. 

Dental cavities can be a big problem for kids and can escalate quite quickly. That's because brushing a child's teeth properly can be extremely difficult. Sometimes the child resists toothbrushing and the parent can't be thorough enough. Other times, the parent didn't master the right technique yet and is not able to remove the plaque and food debris effectively. 

By going to the dentist every three months, you will ensure that their dental problems are kept under control with professional cleanings and treatment. 

How Patrick Stuckey, DDS Can Help Your Little One 

Every parent wants only the best for their little ones. At Patrick Stuckey, DDS, we offer gentle pediatric dentistry for babies, kids, and teens. Dr. Patrick Stuckey will take the time to answer all your questions and give you the information you need to take great care of your child's teeth. 

Contact us now to book your appointment. 

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