Just like adults, kids need dental cleanings every six months, starting when they're one year old or get their first tooth. But you may be wondering if dental cleanings for kids are really important. The answer is “yes!” And in this blog from Saginaw Kids Dentistry, we’ll give you four reasons why you should always bring your child to see Dr. Elias or Dr. Christina every six months for preventive dentistry.
Kids usually get their first baby tooth before they're one year old. Then, they’ll continue getting new teeth until they have a full mouth of baby teeth around the age of 3-6. After that, their adult teeth will start growing in and will replace their adult teeth until they have a full mouth of adult teeth around the age of 12-13.
All of this is to say that your child’s mouth changes really fast as they grow and develop. If you don’t have a dentist keeping an eye on their oral health, you may not notice signs of potentially serious oral health problems. But with routine dental cleanings, your child’s dentist can track their oral development with oral exams and x-rays, and make sure everything looks right as your little one grows up.
Cavities (tooth decay) are the single most common preventable disease in kids of all ages. And while a healthy diet and good oral hygiene can help prevent cavities, dental cleanings are necessary, too. Cleanings help remove plaque and bacteria that can’t be eliminated with at-home brushing alone.
This helps prevent cavities. During your child’s routine cleaning, they can also get other treatments like fluoride or dental sealants to protect their teeth from decay. And with routine checkups from Dr. Elias or Dr. Christina, as well as yearly x-rays, we’ll be able to identify tooth decay early, and take the appropriate steps to treat it.
When it comes to oral health or any other kind of health issue, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. If your child sees the team at Saginaw Kids Dentistry regularly for dental cleanings, you’ll actually save both time and money.
That’s because we’ll be able to identify any potential oral health issues early, and take the appropriate action. For example, if your child’s pediatric dentist recognizes tooth decay early, your child may not even need a filling.
But if their cavity goes undiagnosed, they could need a dental filling, a baby root canal, or even a dental crown in the future. These procedures are much more time-consuming and costly.
Dental anxiety is common in people of all ages. But if your child sees a dentist regularly as they grow, they’ll become more familiar with the dentist, and they’ll be less likely to be anxious about getting the dental care they need in the future.
Not only that, but your child will be able to learn more about the importance of dentistry in a fun, child-friendly way. What children learn when they're young sticks with them as they grow into teenagers and adults. So with routine dental visits and good at-home oral hygiene, you can set your little one up for a lifetime of healthy smiles.
Whether you’re a new parent, new to the area, or just haven’t taken your little one to the dentist yet, the team at Saginaw Kids Dentistry is here to help. Our pediatric dentists and our team specialize in caring for little smiles. With our kid-friendly, positive approach to dental care, it’s easy for your little one to get the expert dental treatment they need in Saginaw, TX. Contact us online or give us a call at (682) 285-1900 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Elias or Dr. Christina today. We look forward to meeting you and your family.
At the heart of Saginaw Kids Dentistry is our passion for meeting families, seeing them grow, and being a trustworthy presence for kids and parents alike. If you’re ready to join our patient family, book a visit online today! We are excited to meet you and your child.