Often times parents ask us whether children are able to continue with our office for routine care following completion of their dental treatment. The answer is YES! Whether it's their first trip to the dentist, referred for restorative care, or simply looking for a new dental home, we're at their service for routine dental visits.
The sooner children begin having regular dental checkups, the healthier their mouths will stay throughout their lives! Routine checkups help prevent cavities which can lead to pain, trouble concentrating, and other medical issues. Seeing a dentist for cleaning procedures at least twice a year should be an important part of your child's oral development.
During your child's routine visit, your child will receive a professional dental cleaning. Although it is not the only thing that happens at their visit, it is one of the most beneficial components in keeping up with their oral hygiene. During their bi-annual dental visit, your child will receive a thorough dental cleaning by one of our hygienists, fluoride varnish application, and an examination by one of our doctors. Dental x-rays are also done on a yearly basis as part of your child's visit.
Read on to hear why routine dental cleanings are incredibly important.
- Establishes Healthy Habits: one of the most important things your child gains by routine dental check-ups is establishing healthy habits early on. If a child becomes used to going to the dentist on a regular basis, they will feel more comfortable with their dentist and the environment. Having a routine dental cleaning also enforces the importance of doing it at home. Brushing and flossing are a vital part of your child’s home care, but in the long run, it will not be enough to get a thorough cleaning. That’s why it is important to have your child's dental cleanings done by a professional at least twice a year.
- Prevents Gum Disease and Tooth Decay: routine dental cleanings provide an opportunity for our doctors to note cavities or any other abnormality before it has the chance to do serious damage.
- Maintains Good Overall Health: research suggests that having your child’s teeth professionally cleaned may help reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke later on in adulthood. Taking care of their oral health now is an investment that will pay off as they grow older.
As you can see, the importance of children having routine dental cleanings is paramount in establishing good oral hygiene habits. Whether your child is into their first decade of life or if their first baby tooth is just erupting, now is the right time to get on the path to taking care of their overall oral health.