How often do you hear the old adage that “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure?” Well, in pediatric dentistry, we firmly believe that preventive dental care is the key to good oral health and a lifetime of healthy and happy smiles! While every child should see a dentist within six months of the eruption of the first tooth or by the first birthday, it is imperative to maintain routine preventive care appointments. Routine visits enable your pediatric dentist to check for early signs of cavities and allow for additional opportunities for your child to become more familiar with and comfortable in the dental setting. We develop a preventive recall schedule unique to each child; however, we typically recommend that each child visit the dentist every six months. Cavities progress more quickly in baby teeth than they do in adult teeth, and routine preventive care appointments provide an opportunity to review proper oral hygiene habits, take any indicated x-rays, and promote that “ounce of prevention.”
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