It is recommended that children and teens visit the dentist at least every six months in order to asses the health of their periodontal tissues, teeth, and most importantly, their growth and skeletal development. These visits are often in conjunction with a cleaning.
Over 80 million bacteria, and over 500 variances of bacteria live in our mouths. Certain strands of bacteria can cause harm if allowed to spread to other parts of a child’s developing body. For this reason, It is recommended that children and teens visit the dentist at least every six months in order to asses the health of their periodontal tissues, teeth, and most importantly, their growth and skeletal development.
The American Academy of Pediatric dentistry and The Brush Stop recommend that your child have dental wellness visits a minimum of every 6 months. It’s because regular dental visits are essential to keeping your child’s teeth and gums healthy and minimizing any problems that may arise in the future. A regular dental visit includes an examination, prophylactic cleaning, and evaluating any potential risks to your child’s overall health. We will also check for any signs of damage, decay, or disease and will fix any minor problems before they get out of hand.
Here’s what to expect at a dental wellness visit to The Brush Stop Pediatric Dentistry:
- Check overall oral health for potential problem areas
- Look for cavities, plaque, and tartar buildup
- Examine the gums and look for signs of gum disease
- Check bite and the contact between teeth
- Try to spot areas of possible tooth decay
- Assess for broken teeth, damaged fillings
- Monitor the growth and development of the jaw and surrounding structures
- Evaluate any changes from your last visit
- Discuss oral hygiene practices and dietary habits
- Take X-Rays, if needed
It is important to keep up on oral health between your child’s regular dental visits, too. You can help curb any problems, increase their overall health, and even cut down on chair time at the dentist by brushing twice a day, flossing at least once a day, and making sure to rinse with water after every meal.