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Regular Dental Visits

How often should a child see the dentist?

The Canadian Dental Association recommends visiting a dentist for a check-up at least twice a year for most children. Some children may require more frequent visits if they are at high risk of developing tooth decay, show unusual growth patterns or have poor oral hygiene. Your dentist will recommend the best appointment schedule for your child.

Why visit the dentist twice a year when my child has never had a cavity?

Regular visits to the dentist helps keep your child cavity free. Teeth cleanings remove buildup that cannot be removed by simple brushing. This buildup may irritate gums and cause further tooth decay. Fluoride treatments renew the content in the enamel and your child’s teeth and helps strengthen your child’s teeth. Proper dental hygiene improves your child’s teeth and gums and overall health.

Regular visits to the dentist allows them to monitor and assess changes in your child’s mouth. They may recommend additional fluoride, changes to their diet or identity potential orthodontic problems and properly address them as the teeth begin to develop in the mouth.

What happens in a dental check-up?

In addition to reviewing your child’s medical and dental history, your dentist will examine your child’s teeth, oral tissues, and jaw. Your child’s teeth will be cleaned, polished and followed by the application of a fluoride.

In addition to keeping you informed and aware of the state of your child’s mouth and teeth, your dentist will talk to your child about different ways to take care of their teeth and keep them motivated to take responsibility for a healthy smile.

Will X-rays be taken at every appointment?

X-rays are not taken at every appointment. They are only recommended to protect your child’s dental health. X-rays are used to diagnose tooth decay or spot abnormalities in the tooth that are hard to identity. X-rays may also be required when receiving orthodontic treatment. It is best to discuss the need for x-rays with your dentist before they are taken.

How can I help my child enjoy good dental health?

Here are some tips to help your child keep a healthy smile and be cavity free:
  • Brush at least twice a day with a fluoridated toothpaste
  • Floss your teeth once a day
  • Choose healthy foods and beware of frequent snacking during the day
  • Visit your dentist regularly for check-ups
  • Ensure your child is receiving the proper amount of fluoride
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