Do Kids Need Checkups Too?

child's dental checkupHow often do you take your child to the dentist for an exam? Between the stress of school and work, many families forget about these visits or put them off completely. However, kids of all ages need to have their teeth examined, and in today’s blog your Kahoka, MO, dentist explains why!

The First Visit

When should you bring your child in for the first ever dentist visit? We suggest one shortly after the first baby tooth arrives. The initial visit usually requires no treatment, instead we just get to know you and your child, and assess the current state of their smile.

Routine Checkups

Following this first visit, your little one will likely start attending six-month visits twice a year. We monitor their smiles over time, keeping an eye on issues that might arise, such as tooth decay and misalignment, as well as gingivitis. We then create treatment plans to address these concerns in the early stages, which often involves a lifelike one-visit filling. Your child then becomes accustomed to these visits, which lowers dental anxiety, and they may be more likely to continue caring for their oral health in adulthood. We also take time to clean the teeth, a process that involves removing all plaque and tartar from the smile with an ultrasonic scaler and manual tool. Plaque removal means a reduced risk of tooth decay, gingivitis, bad breath, and even teeth stains.

Care at Home  

In between these visits, you should also help your child care for his or her smile. Routine care limits the severity of plaque and helps protect teeth and gums from issues like cavities and inflammation. You should carefully clean your baby’s teeth with a piece of cloth or a special toothbrush. As your child ages, he or she should upgrade to age-appropriate toothbrushes and flossers along the way. Everyone needs to brush when they wake up and once more before bed, using a fluoride toothpaste each time. Once there are teeth sitting side-by-side, kids also need to floss to reach what a toothbrush alone cannot. Try to cut back on sugary foods and drinks too, as this deprives harmful bacteria of fuel. If you have any questions about caring for smiles from home, or if you would like to schedule a visit for your child before the new school year starts, then contact our team today.

Do You Have Questions About Children’s Dentistry?

We know that routine care benefits people of all ages, protecting them from issues like tooth decay and even gingivitis. We should see you at least once every six months. If you have any questions about our approach to dental care for kids, then contact your Kahoka, MO, dentist, Dr. Barbour, right away at (660) 727-4746.