The importance of regular dental check ups
Having regular preventive dental checkups is the key to having optimal oral health. Regular dental cleanings not only help to prevent dental cavities but they also avoid the pain and costs that dental problems can bring.
Taking good care of your teeth is an essential part of your overall health.
The benefits of preventive care dental visits
Brushing your teeth twice a day is something we all know. But did you know that it’s important to also get professional cleanings twice a year?
Here are some of the benefits of a professional cleaning:
- Prevents tooth decay. Cavities are caused by bacteria in plaque that produces acids that eat at your teeth’s enamel. With regular cleanings it helps to remove the bacteria and prevent cavities.
- Removal of tartar and plaque. Plaque is a sticky film of bacteria that can form on your teeth, when not removed it can harden into tartar. Removing tartar and plaque helps avoid gum disease.
- Good breath. Tartar and plaque can also cause bad breath.
- Detecting any signs of oral health issues. At a preventive care visit your pediatric dentist will examine your child’s mouth to see any signs of decay or other oral issues. By catching it early your child can get the care and treatment needed before it becomes more serious.
How often should my child visit the dentist?
The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends getting a teeth cleaning and checkup every six months. See here for more information
There might be times when your pediatric dentistry might recommend cleanings every more frequently depending on your child’s dental health.
We understand that your child may be anxious about visiting the dentist. It’s important to find a child friendly dentist so that your child can feel comfortable and also going regularly will help them get more comfortable with their dental visits. Here’s some more information if your child is scared of going to the dentist.
How to care for your child’s teeth between cleanings
- Brush twice a day
- Feed your kids a balanced diet with healthy snacks
- Avoid sticky, chewy food that can stuck between the teeth
- Avoid fluids, such as soda, sweet tea, energy drinks
- Limit juices
THE MOST IMPORTANT TIME TO BRUSH YOUR CHILD’S TEETH IS RIGHT BEFORE BEDTIME