Why Does my Child Need Two Visits to the Dentist Per Year?
Pediatric dentists recommend that kids have regular dental cleanings done twice a year. If your children have never had cavities or other dental problems, you might think that one a visit a year is enough. However, it’s important for them to have their teeth cleaned and examined twice for the following reasons.
Lower Risk of Tooth Decay
One of the most significant benefits of bringing kids to a pediatric dentist two times per year is a lower risk of tooth decay. Whether your kids have baby teeth or permanent teeth, they can develop cavities due to plaque buildup. Brushing helps remove food particles that attract the bacteria, which cause cavities, but some can remain on your kids’ teeth. This allows these bacteria to thrive and lead to a buildup of plaque, which increases your kids’ risk of having tooth decay.
Having your children come in for dental cleanings twice a year helps ensure that plaque buildup is removed on a regular basis, which significantly lowers the risk of cavities. Keep in mind that routine dental exams and cleanings decrease the risk of gum problems in kids as well, such as gingivitis. A combination of regular brushing and flossing and routine visits for dental cleanings is the most effective way to prevent tooth decay, gum problems and other dental problems in kids.
Early Detection of Orthodontic Problems
Orthodontic problems include overbites, underbites and other issues with jaw alignment. They also include problems with overcrowding in the mouth or crooked teeth. These problems can be corrected with braces or other orthodontic appliances, but they become harder to treat as kids get older. Finding these problems sooner rather than later makes it easier to fix them. Bringing kids in for dental exams twice a year gives dentists a chance to check for early signs of potential problems that might require orthodontics. Kids can then be checked on a regular basis to determine if braces or other orthodontic treatments are needed.
Less Fearful Over the Years
Having kids go to the dentist for the first time when they start getting their baby teeth is an important part of helping them get used to dental exams, but it’s also crucial to have them come in twice a year as they get older. Bringing them in for regular cleanings and exams helps them feel more comfortable and less fearful of going to the dentist. When kids only come in for exams once a year or less, they’re more likely to be afraid of these visits. Being less fearful makes it easier for dentists to check thoroughly and clean kids’ teeth and gums throughout childhood.
If your kids are due for regular cleanings, please contact Wright Smiles Pediatric Dentistry to schedule dental appointments. Our dental team will help keep your kids’ teeth and gums clean and healthy!