The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends a dental check-up at least twice a year for most children. Some children need more frequent visits because of increased risk of tooth decay, unusual growth patterns of poor oral hygiene. Your pediatric dentist will let you know the best appointment schedule for your child.
Regular dental visits will help your child stay cavity-free. Teeth cleanings remove debris that build up on the teeth, irritate the gums and cause decay. Flouride treatments renew the flouride content in the enamel, strengthening teeth and preventing cavities. Hygiene instructions improve your child’s brushing and flossing, leading to cleaner teeth and healthier gums.
Tooth decay is not the only reason for a dental visit. Your pediatric dentist provides an ongoing assessment of changes in your child’s oral health. For example, your child may need additional flouride, dietary changes or sealants for ideal dental health. The pediatric dentist may identify orthodontic problems and suggest treatment to guide the teeth as they emerge in the mouth.
The pediatric dentist will review your child’s medical and dental history. He or she will gently examine your child’s teeth, oral tissues and jaws. The teeth will be cleaned and polished, followed by the application of flouride solution.
Your pediatric dentist will not just talk to you about dental health, he or she will talk to your child with easily understandable words, pictures and ideas. Your child will be motivated to take responsibility for a healthy smile.
No. Pediatric dentists, acting in accordance with the guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, recommend X-rays only when necessary to protect your child’s dental health. For example, X-rays may be needed to diagnose tooth decay or abnormalities.
Or, they may be required for orthodontic tratement. Your pediatric dentist will discuss the need for X-rays with you before any are taken.
The following steps will help your child be part of the cavity-free generation:
- Beware of frequent snacking.
- Brush effectively twice a day with a flouride toothpaste.
- Floss once a day.
- Have sealants applied when appropriate.
- Seek regular dental check-ups.
- Assure proper flouride through drinking water, flouride products or flouride supplements.
Content provided from the AAPD, a not-for-profit membership association representing the specialty of pediatric dentistry. The AAPD's 7,500 members are primary oral health care providers who offer comprehensive specialty treatment for millions of infants, children, adolescents, and individuals with special health care needs. The AAPD also represents general dentists who treat a significant number of children in their practices. As advocates for children's oral health, the AAPD develops and promotes evidence-based policies and guidelines, fosters research, contributes to scholarly work concerning pediatric oral health, and educates health care providers, policymakes, and the public on ways to improve children's oral health. For further information, please visit the AAPD Web site at www.aapd.org