Do Kids Really Need Twice-Yearly Dental Visits?

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As your child gets older, you want to teach them how to take care of themselves. You work on their sleeping and eating habits and encourage them to get active. You also periodically take them to the doctor and the dentist.

Altogether, it’s a lot on your plate. You might be looking for some options to streamline things when life gets busy for you and your kids, but don’t skimp on the twice-yearly dentist visits.

Why are these regular checkups important even when your children have baby teeth that will just fall out eventually? This month’s post helps you understand why dental experts across the country — including Dr. Scott Evans in the University Park area of Dallas, Texas — recommend visiting the dentist’s office twice a year for family dental care

Why oral care matters for baby teeth

When your child still has baby teeth, it might feel tempting to be less stringent about their oral health. After all, those teeth are just going to fall out, right?

Yes, they will. But that doesn’t mean baby teeth aren’t important to your child’s oral development. In fact, the American Dental Association calls baby teeth “nature’s braces.” 

A mouthful of healthy baby teeth helps your child’s jaw properly develop so there’s ample space for their adult teeth to grow in. If they lose a baby tooth to a cavity, it could cause problems with their adult teeth down the road. 

In short, your child’s baby teeth play a critical role in their development, even though the teeth will fall out at some point. Twice-yearly dental visits ensure that Dr. Evans can regularly check your child’s teeth to prevent decay — or catch it early so your child avoids a more serious problem. 

Addressing the most prevalent pediatric problem

On that note, it’s worth mentioning that tooth decay is the most common chronic childhood disease across the country. You want to do everything you can to keep your child safe and healthy. With biannual visits to see Dr. Evans, you help to protect them from this widespread health challenge. 

Plus, regular dental visits help your child to feel increasingly comfortable in the dentist’s chair. And this sets them up for a lifetime of strong oral health habits.

As your child grows, their oral health needs change, and Dr. Evans is there to ensure a healthy smile. Our practice also offers comprehensive orthodontic care for young patients with crowding or alignment issues.

If you’re ready to schedule your child’s next dental visit, call Scott Evans, DDS, at 214-337-5202 today. We’re here to make these biannual appointments as convenient and comfortable as possible for you and your child. 

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