When Should Kids See a General Dentist?

October 2, 2020

We see a general dentist for treatments like checkups and cleanings, and other preventive and restorative procedures. The goal of these visits is to strengthen your teeth and gums, lowering the risk of oral health complications and disorders. Children also benefit from visits with the general dentist, and should have one every six months. In today’s blog, your Olathe, KS, general dentists will explain the benefits of these appointments!

Checkup and Cleaning Visits

Every six months, we want to be able to examine your child’s smile. We will watch to make sure baby teeth are falling out on a schedule, and that permanent teeth are erupting as they should. The exam also pinpoints the presence of issues like tooth decay and gingivitis, so we can address these concerns before they impact the health and alignment of your smile. Our team will also discuss proper oral hygiene, and clean the teeth too. A cleaning removes all plaque and tartar from the teeth, which helps lower the risks of bad breath, teeth stains, and cavities.

Signs of Trouble

If your child begins to experience discomfort in between regularly scheduled office visits, always let us know. Tooth sensitivity and toothaches that last more than a day could be a sign of cavities or infection, and sore, red gums could mean inflammation. The sooner we administer treatment for these concerns, the sooner we stop discomfort and prevent complications, such as dental infection or gingivitis. Also, if your child stains an injury that chips or cracks a tooth, let us know. Even minor damage could still expose the inner dentin to bacteria, a complication that often leads to the onset of tooth decay.

Protect Little Smiles at Home

Our general dentists will also discuss proper homecare with your child. As soon as a tooth erupts, daily cleaning is essential. Children need to brush their teeth when they wake up and before bed, for at least two minutes and using a rice-sized blot of fluoride toothpaste. We also recommend flossing before bed too, as this removes what a toothbrush alone often cannot. Other helpful tips include cutting back on sugary foods and drinks, which could leave behind particles that feed harmful oral bacteria. If you have any questions about our approach to preventive children’s dentistry, or if you would like to schedule a visit for your child, then contact our team today.

Ready for Your Child’s Next Visit?

Our team is ready to help kids of all ages, from toddlers to teens, enjoy optimal oral health! For more information on children’s dental care, or to schedule a dental consultation, call E-Care Dentistry, PA in Olathe, KS, today at 913-210-1701. We also proudly serve patients from Overland Park, Lenexa, and all surrounding communities.