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How Often Should Kids See the Dentist?

Everyone has heard that you’re supposed to see the dentist twice a year, but you probably wonder why it’s really necessary if you are keeping on top of your kids about their brushing and flossing. We know that you and your kids are busy with work, school, sports practices, dance recitals and just finding time to be a family. While brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing every day are definitely important for your kids’ dental health, seeing their pediatric dentist provides more benefits to their health than your at-home routine provides.

Pediatric Dentistry of Winter Park is a Winter Park, FL dental practice that provides comprehensive dentistry for infants all the way through the teenage years. 

Why is Seeing the Dentist So Important For Your Child?

It makes sense to take your child to the dentist when they’re having pain or a problem with their teeth, but if they brush and floss regularly, why do you still have to take them twice a year? Dr. Allie Miller of Pediatric Dentistry of Winter Park can spot potential problems with your child’s growing smile that the average person wouldn’t be able to see, especially with X-rays. 

Our hygienists will perform a professional cleaning that will remove any hardened plaque, or tartar, from their teeth that cannot be removed by brushing alone. When tartar builds up on the teeth, it can lead to cavities and gum disease, which are linked to poor overall health. 

Why Else Would Your Child Need a Dentist?

Accidents happen, even to the teeth. And kids have more accidents than adults.  If your child is injured playing sports or just playing hard, you’ll want to visit a dentist. If an adult tooth gets knocked out, you’ll want to do whatever possible to save the tooth as kids cannot get implants until their facial growth is complete in later adolescence. Most dentists, including pediatric dentists, keep emergency appointments open for cases like this.

As kids’ smiles fill in with their permanent teeth, their teeth can become crowded leading to cracking, decay or infection. A pediatric dentist can sometimes treat orthodontic concerns with invisible braces provided they are not severe.  Or he or she can refer you to an area orthodontist. Correcting these issues when they are younger can help ensure their teeth are healthy for a lifetime.  

Comprehensive Dental Care in Winter Park, FL

Pediatric Dentistry of Winter Park provides complete, affordable, and compassionate dental care for your children. Request an appointment online or call (407) 434-0267 to schedule today!