When Should My Child See the Dentist?

When Should My Child See the Dentist?

Even if your child still has their baby teeth, regular dental exams and cleanings are an important part of their oral health. Children can be especially vulnerable to developing cavities if they eat sugary drinks and snacks, drink from a bottle, use a pacifier, and use poor brushing and flossing technique as they learn to brush and floss correctly.

At Manhasset Dental Arts, our dentists Dr. Elizabeth Abrams, Dr. Michael Abrams, and our dental team offer general and cosmetic dentistry services for the whole family at our office in Manhasset, New York. Here’s what you should know about bringing your child in for a dental visit.

When should my child see the dentist?

Every child develops at their own pace. The American Dental Association (ADA) generally recommends that you schedule your child’s first visit to the dentist after the first tooth erupts, which is usually around six months, or by their first birthday at the latest. 

After your child’s first dental appointment, the schedule for regular checkups and cleanings is similar to that for adults—every six months, unless your dentist recommends that they come in more or less frequently.

Bi-annual dental visits help to monitor your children’s teeth and gums for signs of decay, but they also allow our dentists to monitor their development and catch orthodontic and other oral health problems as soon as possible.

Symptoms and treatment 

Preventive dental care and good oral hygiene at home are the first lines of defense against cavities and dental problems. However, you don’t have to wait until their next checkup if you notice problems or they have symptoms like bleeding gums, a toothache, sensitivity to hot or cold, signs of an infection, or trauma from an accident or sports injury.

A routine dental exam is also a great time to ask questions or discuss any concerns you may have about your child’s oral health with our dentists. Some oral health problems like gum disease tend to run in families, so knowing your medical history can help our dentists treat your children more effectively.

If your child has orthodontic issues, our dentists will make recommendations for the best treatment. While it’s never too late to get braces, most orthodontic problems start to show by the time all of the permanent teeth have erupted, around age 12. 

Keep in mind that it’s never too late to get your child’s (and your own) oral health back on track. Even if you haven’t been following a bi-annual schedule up to this point, now is a great time to start!

If it’s been more than six months since your child’s last dental checkup and cleaning, contact us today to schedule an appointment with one of our dentists at our office in Manhasset, New York.

You Might Also Enjoy...

Frequently Asked Questions About Braces

Do you have questions about braces? Here’s what you need to know about the different types of braces available for children, teens, and adults, and how to choose the right ones for you.

Can Flossing Prevent Gum Disease?

If you’ve ever wondered if flossing is really necessary, here’s what you need to know about gum disease and how brushing alone isn’t enough to protect your oral health.

5 Common Factors That Fuel Cavities

Cavities can be painful and expensive to fix. Here’s what you need to know about what causes cavities, and what you can do to protect your teeth and gums in the short and long term.

Are There Age Limits for Invisalign?

With Invisalign, it’s never too late to get the straight teeth you’ve always dreamed of. Here’s what you need to know about how Invisalign works, what it can do, and whether it’s the right option for you.

When to See a Dentist About Tooth Pain

There are a few things that can cause tooth pain, and even moderate pain can be a sign of an oral health problem that requires immediate attention. Here’s why you shouldn’t ignore or wait to see the dentist if you have tooth pain.