As with adults, it is advisable for children to see a pediatric dentist – a dentist who specializes in children’s dental care – every six months.
This professional will be able to check their teeth and gums and find out whether their oral health is satisfactory.
If it is not, the check-up will be particularly useful, as we will be able to treat any mouth issues at an early stage.
WHY IS IT ADVISABLE TO HAVE A CHECK-UP EVERY SIX MONTHS?
At this point, it should be mentioned that the frequency of check-ups should be established by the professional treating the child.
In other words, it is possible that, for whatever reason, the pediatric dentist may set a higher or lower frequency of appointments.
If a specific frequency has not been established, at Moonz dental clinics we recommend that you take your child to the pediatric dentist every six months.
This need to take children to the pediatric dentist is due to two main reasons:
- To carry out preventive treatment:
By means of a check-up, the professional can determine whether the patient requires a basic oral cleaning or a fluoride treatment to demineralize the enamel. It is also possible that the child’s oral health is optimal and does not require any treatment.
- For early detection and control of different pathologies:
Caries is the most common oral disease in children. Therefore, routine check-ups with the pediatric dentist are essential to detect this or any other condition. And, of course, to prescribe the treatment that will put an end to it.
FROM WHAT AGE SHOULD A PAEDIATRIC DENTIST BE CONSULTED, AND UNTIL WHEN?
It is recommended that the first check-up with the pediatric dentist should take place at the age of three.
After this first consultation, the professional will establish the most appropriate schedule of check-ups for the child. However, as we have already mentioned, the general rule is that these check-ups should take place every six months.
Once the child has reached the age of fourteen, it is advisable for these check-ups to be carried out by a general dentist -a professional specializing in the dental care of adult patients.
MY CHILD HAS BRACES, DO I ALSO NEED TO TAKE HIM/HER TO A PAEDIATRIC DENTIST?
Nowadays, a large number of children wear braces. Many parents who were previously familiar with seeing a pediatric dentist stopped seeing one when their children started orthodontic treatment.
This is because they think that since they will be seeing the orthodontist for a continuous period of time, the orthodontist will also perform a dental check-up.
However, the reality is that this is not the case. The orthodontist, like any other health specialist, will focus on the field that concerns him or her.
That is to say, the check-ups carried out by the orthodontist will be focused on the movements of the child’s teeth or bones and on the progress of the treatment.
However, there are certain pathologies or treatments that, although very necessary, are outside his or her area of specialty and may go unnoticed. This can happen, for example, with caries or with procedures such as pulpotomies or tartrectomies.
For this reason, it is best to combine the work of both specialists: the pediatric dentist and the orthodontist.
In this way, parents can ensure that their children enjoy good oral health in all aspects. And, in the event of any alterations, these can be treated at an early stage.