Taking your child to the dentist every six months is one of the most effective ways to protect their oral health. Pediatric dentists are trained to provide age-specific dental care for kids. Regular visits will help your child stay healthy and will also foster good oral hygiene habits early in life. They are also an important time for you to ask questions about your child’s health. Here are three questions you should be asking your child’s dentist.
1- Is My Child Brushing Properly?
When children brush their teeth, they feel a sense of independence. Young children are proud that they can take care of themselves without any help. However, it’s still important to make sure that your child is brushing all surfaces of their teeth correctly. Ask your dentist to take a look. They will be able to help your child make any adjustments so they can continue to brush by themselves.
2- Should My Child Be Using a Mouthguard?
Mouthguards are a quick and simple way to protect your child’s teeth. If your child plays sports or if they grind their teeth while sleeping, your dentist might recommend a mouthguard. These can be made in-office using a mold.
3- Is an Orthodontist in Our Future?
While children’s teeth can shift over time, pediatric dentists will be able to notice structural abnormalities that might need to be corrected with braces later on. Talk to your child’s dentist about orthodontics so your family can prepare for this treatment when the time comes.