Most Commonly Asked Questions About Children’s Oral Health: Part 1
- At what age should a child have their first dental visit?
The first visit should be by the time the first tooth is in the mouth and the latest being one year of age. The first X-ray should be taken at age 3 or when the molars touch or have established contact.
- What should the kids expect to happen at the check-up?
Check-ups usually involve looking at the teeth and counting them. If the child is 2.5 to 3 years, there might be X-rays needed. However, it depends on the child and how accepting he or she is.
- How often should kids visit the dentist?
Children should visit their dentist every 6 months. If a child has cavities or a history of cavities, we take X-rays every visit. If they do not have any cavities or a tendency for cavities, X-rays can be taken once a year.
- What is pain-free dentistry?
Pain-free dentistry is a combination of things done to try to make the environment and experience as pleasant to the child as possible. For invasive treatments, we can use local anesthesia and numb the areas well, so they do not feel any pain.