Get the Facts: How Important is It for Your Child to Visit the Dentist Every Six Months?
Parents often wonder if it is really essential for their child to get a dental cleaning and exam every six months – especially when their child still has baby teeth. If you are wondering why this is essential, then you will find the following information interesting. Remember that you can contact California Dental Group at (800) 407-0161 to make an appointment with your local dentist.
Your Dentist Will Check for Cavities
First and foremost, we will check to see if your child needs cavities filled. Remember that children are more likely to get cavities than are adults. The sooner your dentist finds their cavities, the sooner we can get them filled – and the less likely it is that your child will end up with pain and other side effects of cavities. If you don’t have a dentist check them on a regular basis, then it is likely that your child’s cavities will become an emergency situation that involves unnecessary pain and expense.
The Dentist Will Remove Plaque and Tartar Buildup
If plaque is left to fester on your child’s teeth, it will eventually turn into tartar. When that happens, your child will be at a higher risk of many dental issues, including cavities and gum disease. You can reduce the amount of plaque buildup by ensuring that your child brushes and flosses daily. However, you cannot entirely prevent it, and once it turns into tartar there is no way to remove it other than visiting the dentist and letting us take care of it for them.
The Dentist Will Check for Appropriate Tooth Growth
It is very important that your dentist keeps an eye on how your child’s teeth are growing. This generally involves x-rays, which can show whether or not the adult teeth are coming in smoothly. If you do not have your dentist take x-rays to assure they are growing in correctly, the first sign you will have is likely when their adult teeth come in crooked, or when your child experiences great pain when the teeth can’t come in correctly. Simply visiting the dentist twice a year can prevent this and other issues.
Visiting the Dentist Early Sets Up Good Dental Habits
Finally, consider that one of your goals as a parent should be to instill good dental habits in your child. One of the ways to do so is to make sure that they visit the dentist regularly. When you start off taking them to the dentist regularly as a child, they are not only more likely to visit the dentist regularly as an adult, but they are also less likely to be afraid of the dentist.
For these and other reasons, it is important to visit the dentist with your child. If it is time for you to make an appointment, contact California Dental Group at (800) 407-0161 to set it up.