Regular dental exams are an important part of preventive health care. Your child should have an oral exam done once every six months with their dentist. During he oral examination, the dentist or hygienist will clean your teeth and check for cavities and gum disease. For younger children and babies, the dentist will measure the space between the front top and bottom teeth, especially if the child sucks their thumb or uses a pacifier. The exam is noninvasive and easy for your child. If decay is found, you will be scheduled to bring your child in for fillings. If need be, the dentist may recommend sealants to help protect the teeth from decay.
It is important to bring your child to the dentist to have regular oral exams because it can help protect your oral health and general well-being. A dental exam gives your dentist a chance to provide tips on caring for your teeth and to detect any problems early on — when they’re most treatable. Regular checkups can give the dental team an idea of how well the teeth are developing.
Because it is so important for your child to have routine oral exams, it might be a good idea to pre-schedule them for an appointment at each visit. This way, your child can be sure to receive the preventative care that they need in a calm, caring and thoughtful environment. Starting your child off with routine oral exams and dental appointments lets them know that going to the dentist is not scary and that it is important for their overall health and well-being