How Often Should A Child Visit The Dentist?
In order to prevent dental problems, a child should be introduced to the dental office just after their third birthday.
It’s important to start going to the dentist at a young age so the child becomes familiar with the process.
When a child gets older, he’ll begin a routine of twice a year dental visits. Some children need more frequent dental visits because of increased risk of tooth decay, unusual growth patterns or poor oral hygiene but your dentist will let you know the best schedule for your child.
Before the first appointment, take your child for a preview of the office so they feel comfortable when they arrive for their first scheduled visit. A short preview visit will build the child’s trust in the dentist and the dental office. Reading books with your child about what to expect and speaking in a positive tone will help with any anxiety they might feel.
At the first visit the dentist will review your child’s medical history and take a thorough exam of your child’s mouth, teeth and gums. Upon examination the dentist will be able to monitor growth, development and observe any potential problem areas. X-rays will only be taken if necessary to protect your child’s dental health.
The dentist will recommend that your child follow a program of brushing and flossing and provide you with additional home care information to help you supervise and teach your child proper oral hygiene.
The best way to teach a child how to brush is to lead by example, allowing your child to watch you brush your teeth. Follow up with a balanced diet and exercise and you’ll successfully set the foundation for a lifetime of good oral hygiene and healthy habits for your children.
Dr. Romano treats children and their families in his Bridgeport, CT office. Set up an appointment for your child today!