Like you, children need routine care to avoid the onset of problems like cavities or even poor periodontal health. In today’s blog, your Bedford, MA, dentist explains when children should see the dentist, and looks at the benefit of routine care for kids of all ages.
The First Visit
We suggest an initial visit for your child at around age one, within six months of the first baby tooth’s arrival. The first visit isn’t treatment based but mainly a chance to ensure teeth are erupting as they should, and to decide when the next appointment will be. Routine care means we can watch for issues with the growth and development of the smile issues that could lead to airway obstruction, poor sleep, and dental misalignment in the teen and adult years.
Common Signs of Trouble
Following the first visit, we will likely recommend a checkup and cleaning at least once every six months, and we will talk about the benefits of this in the next section. However, if in between your scheduled visits your child begins to exhibit warning signs of trouble, you should let us know right away. For example, complaints about toothaches or sensitive teeth when drinking or eating hot or cold items could mean the presence of a cavity or infected tooth. Sore, bleeding gums in older kids could be a sign of gingivitis as well. If your child experiences pain in the smile at all, please contact our team to schedule a visit. Likewise, if an emergency issue occurs, such as a cracked or chipped tooth, or a loosened or knocked-out tooth, then again contact our team for treatment. Otherwise, pretty serious complications could develop.
Routine Six-Month Exams and Cleanings
Starting at around age three, all kids should see the dentist once every six months. During these visits, we will use digital technology to carefully examine the smile for signs of trouble, such as demineralization that could lead to decay, or inflammation that could mean eventual gingivitis. We also look for signs of developing misalignment. We then address these quickly, and routine visits have been shown to lower the risk of dental anxiety, and help kids better understand their smiles. With the cleaning, we can remove all plaque and tartar to lower the risk of cavities and gum disease, as well as bad breath and teeth stains. If you have any questions about our approach to children’s dentistry, then contact our team today.
Do You Have Questions About Children’s Dentistry?
We want to help you and your family start 2021 on the path toward stronger, healthier smiles. To learn more about how we protect little smiles from cavities and gingivitis, then schedule a consultation by calling Kennedy Family & Cosmetic Dentistry in Bedford, MA, today at (781) 275-0200.