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How Often Should My Child Visit the Dentist?

How Often Should My Child Visit the Dentist?

  • Frequency
  • Importance
  • Back-to-School Appointment
  • Toothache and Other Emergencies

Even though summer in Madison is looking a little different this year, your family’s schedule is still probably plenty busy with trips to visit family members and time at the beach. However, taking just a few minutes now to think about your child’s dental visits for the upcoming school year will help ensure you get your child’s dental care planned before the busy school routine starts up again.

In this article you’ll learn how many appointments you should make for your child for the year and why these visits are critical to your child’s overall well being.

Frequency of Madison Dentist Visits

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that a child visit his dentist every six months for a check-up and cleaning. Generally, two visits a year allow your child’s dentist and hygienists to address any hygiene issues, do deep cleaning, and fix any decay that may have developed. However, if your child has unique dental needs, her dentist may recommend a more frequent schedule of care.

Importance of Madison Dentist Visits

Frequent check-ups are crucial to preventing tooth decay and treating decay before it becomes a worse problem. The AAPD reports that almost half of children ages six to eleven and over half of children older than that have experienced tooth decay. This costly and painful problem is preventable with diet and proper oral hygiene.

Regular check-ups are also important so that the dentist can make sure your child’s teeth are aligned. Dentists can catch orthodontic problems early on and often refer older children to the orthodontist. Early orthodontist intervention can sometimes prevent more difficult alignment issues later on.

Additionally, maintaining a consistent schedule with your dentist helps your child form a trusting relationship, which is especially important for young children. Seeing a familiar face over time will help him relax and better cooperate for a more effective cleaning.

For further reading: Why are Children’s Dental Visits Necessary?

Back-to-School Appointment

Depending on your child’s age and school, your child’s school may require a back-to-school appointment. Be sure to check with your school if you don’t know if it’s required for your child.

This appointment ensures that your child starts the school year off on the right foot. It’s believed that millions of school days are lost each year due to tooth pain. Additionally, children with poor oral health are much more likely to have worse grades, health, and social relationships than their peers.

On a practical level, seeing the dentist before school starts is a helpful way to get half of your child’s dental appointments for the year out of the way without having to miss school. Your child’s back-to-school appointment counts as one of his two annual visits.

Toothache and Other Emergencies

If your child is experiencing tooth pain, your child should also come in to be seen by the dentist, even if it’s sooner than his or her sixth month checkup. Tooth pain can be a sign of serious decay or a damaged tooth. Putting off a trip to the dentist could allow decay to spread to other teeth or further damage tissues surrounding the tooth.

Chipped and broken teeth also warrant a trip to the dentist right away.

Affiliated Dentists

If we can help you schedule your child’s back-to-school check-up or other appointment, please contact our offices today. Affiliated Dentists offers general and pediatric dentistry in Madison, Wisconsin.

How Often Should My Child Visit the Dentist? brought to you by Dr. Mark Gustavson

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