How Often Does my Child Need to See a Pediatric Dentist?
Regular visits to the pediatric dentist are an important foundation for ensuring your child’s oral and overall health for years to come. In this blog, the pediatric dentists at Park View Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics explain how often your child needs to see the dentist.
What’s the difference between a pediatric dentist and a family dentist?
Pediatric dentists can be compared to family dentists in the same way that pediatricians can be compared to family doctors. Pediatric dentists have advanced training and experience in treating children. They have two to three years of specialized training after school and limits his or her practice to only treating children.
This also means that pediatric dentists are likely to take extra steps to make children feel comfortable, such as having a colorful, child-friendly office filled with activities. He or she also will be comfortable in helping put children at ease and explaining things in child-friendly terms that aren’t frightening.
When should your child have his or her first dental visit?
Generally, your child’s first visit to the pediatric dentist should occur when his or her first tooth appears, but no later than their first birthday.
Even though this may seem earlier than you might expect, it’s important to make sure your child isn’t developing any dental issues. Even baby teeth can become decayed, and their health and proper placement can have an effect on the permanent teeth that will come in later.
How often should subsequent pediatric dental visits be scheduled?
Generally, your child should continue to see the dentist every six months. This will enable your dentist to help prevent problems and quickly treat any that occur.
In some cases, however, your child may need to see the dentist more often. If he or she is showing signs of orthodontic problems, more frequent visits may be needed. Your child's dentist will help advise you on how often your child will need to come in and give you information on what might necessitate more frequent visits.
How should you help your child between dental visits?
Monitor your child’s oral care habits, especially when they’re under five. You should make sure they’re brushing every day. Your pediatric dentist can give you tips on caring for your child’s teeth and gums at home, even before their baby teeth start to erupt.
Finding the right pediatric dentist enables your child to get started on good oral habits and care. Make an appointment today with Park View Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics in NYC. Our practice has led the way in gentle dental care for more than 25 years, and we also have extensive training and experience in treating children with special needs. Call (212) 879-6518 today or fill out the form on this page to request an appointment.