Most children need to be seen by a dentist at least every 6 months for regular cleanings and checkups. Good oral health requires professional cleaning and observation, especially as children grow. It can be difficult for little children to learn to brush properly and even the best brushers and flossers can’t get rid of tartar, a hard substance that forms on the teeth when plaque isn’t properly removed. We remove plaque with special tools, helping your child to maintain a healthy smile. Regular examinations also help to make sure teeth and jaws are developing properly and that there are no cavities or other problems that might need immediate attention.
For some children, though, 2x per year appointments may not be enough. Certain dental issues are hereditary, putting children at higher risk for oral health problems. Children with special needs may need a little extra attention and help keeping mouths free from decay. Past habits such as pacifier use or thumb-sucking might have created problems that require monitoring and children entering the preteen years and requiring orthodontics may need to be seen more frequently (every 3-4 months) to ensure that food particles and bacteria aren’t hiding under braces.
At our practice, we treat every patient as an individual, which means that we will recommend an individualized recall program based on your child’s needs. Untreated dental problems can lead to speech, nutrition, confidence and general health issues down the line; rest assured that we are doing all we can to keep your child’s teeth healthy.