Don’t brush off regular checkups to the dentist! Regular dental checkups are essential to maintaining good oral health. We encourage regular checkups at least every six months. Seeing the dentist twice a year is recommended because the dentist can:
- check for problems that might not be seen or felt
- find early signs of decay
- treat oral health problems early, while they are still manageable.
Regular checkups include a thorough cleaning, polishing, and an oral exam by the doctor. During the oral exam, the doctor checks the health of your child's mouth, teeth, gums, cheeks, and tongue. At each visit, the doctor also checks old fillings and restorations because constant pressure from chewing, grinding, or clenching can cause them to wear away, chip, or crack.
For your convenience, feel free to download and print the Six-Month Update Form prior to your six-month care visit. Bring this completed form when you arrive at your child's next appointment.
Your First Visit
Your child's first visit to the doctor typically includes an X-ray that allows the doctor to view the structure of the jaw, the position of any teeth that have not yet erupted, malformed roots, and tooth decay.
The initial visit also involves getting your child's medical history. When you share your child's medical history with the doctor, be sure to provide complete, up-to-date information on your child's health. Inform your dentist if your child has experienced recent hospitalization or surgery, or if he or she has recently been ill. Also tell the doctor the names, doses, and frequency of any medications your child takes — whether prescription or over-the-counter products — and the name of your child's physician. Inform the doctor of any changes in health or medications. It is also important to bring up any fears your child may have about dental treatment.
The information collected in your child's first visit will help the doctor select the safest and most effective method of treatment for your little one.