Why should my child see a dentist?
Having a dentist regularly check your child's teeth encourages good dental habits and can prevent more costly and painful problems later.
Your dentist can help teach you and your child good food choices and proper brushing. It is important for your child to see the dentist while he/she still has baby teeth (primary teeth). Even though your child will lose these teeth, it is important to develop the habits that will protect the permanent teeth before the baby teeth are lost. Ask your dentist if your child may benefit from sealants or fluoride treatments.
When should my child visit the dentist?
Your child should start to see a dentist as soon as the first tooth appears, and no later than their first birthday. Thereafter, a dental appointment is generally recommended every three to six months.
Your child should also go to the dentist:
- As soon as you or your child notice a dental problem
- Before he/she starts playing contact sports
- If there are dark spots in the pits or fissures of the teeth
- If the upper and lower teeth do not come together correctly (Malocclusion)
What should I do if I cannot afford dental care?
Your health insurance program, such as Medicaid, may cover dental benefits, so check this resource first. If you are concerned about paying for the dentist, talk to your health care provider or contract a local dental society about affordable dental care.
This content is reviewed periodically and is subject to change as new health information comes available. The information is intended to inform and educate and is not a replacement for medical evaluation, advice, diagnosis, or treatment by a healthcare professional.