How to Protect Your Teeth

Dental Care And Your Child

When it comes to your child's oral health instilling good habits early on is key. You want to make sure that your child is brushing and flossing regularly and practicing good oral hygiene. Starting early will help set them up for healthy teeth and gums for the rest of their lives. Regular visits to the dentist are also an essential part of your child's dental care. A pediatric dentist specializes in dental care for young patients. Here's what you should know about dental care and your child.

How Often to Go to the Dentist

The first thing that you should know is when to start going to the dentist and how often cleanings and checkups are needed. A visit to your pediatric dentist's office for a cleaning and checkup is recommended every six months. The first visit should happen when the first tooth erupts or by the age of one, whichever happens first. Starting early will ensure that your child's teeth and gums are developing properly and can help reduce any fears about going to the dentist.

The Cost of a Visit

The cost of a visit to a pediatric dentist will vary depending on your child's dental needs and whether it's a routine visit or if there are dental problems that need to be addressed. Many costs are also covered by dental insurance. The cost of a regular visit and cleaning will typically range between $65 and $100. Often a pediatric dentist will suggest fluoride treatments and dental sealants in order to prevent dental decay. The cost of a fluoride treatment averages out to $30 to $35. Dental sealants cost between $35 and $40 per tooth but can help prevent cavities for many years.

Orthodontic Recommendations

As your child grows, their pediatric dentist will be on alert for any potential orthodontic issues. Often bite issues and misalignment start to become apparent during childhood and early treatment may be needed. Correcting dental problems is typically much easier during childhood since children are still growing. An orthodontic evaluation is typically recommended by the age of 7. Orthodontic treatment may not be needed immediately and most children start orthodontic treatments between the ages of 9 and 14. 

When it comes to dental care and your child, there are a few things that you need to know. First, visits to the pediatric dentist should start as soon as your child gets their first tooth or reaches the age of one. After that, cleanings and exams are recommended every six months. The cost of these visits will vary depending on whether or not you have dental insurance. It's also important for your child to have an orthodontic evaluation in order to determine if orthodontic treatment is needed.

For more information, contact a pediatric dentist in your area.