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Do you take your kids for regular dental appointments? Twice per year? Routine dental visits are important for everyone. Oral health check-ups are a part of overall healthy living and disease prevention. There are several reasons to schedule your children for regular dental appointments:

Tartar is hard to remove once it has hardened

Even children who take extra care of their teeth need regular dental appointments. Plaque can build up over time – on anyone. The dentist’s tools are best for removing plaque that has hardened into tartar.

Teeth and gums can become a problem at any age

Even babies’ mouths can develop a buildup along the gums, so dental visits should begin around age one. Some dentists will see kids two and under annually, but ages 3 and up should visit the dentist twice per year. About 30-40 percent of children have dental disease by three or four years old. Did you know that dental disease is the most chronic childhood disease? Regular check-ups will help.

Tooth decay is not the only reason for a dental visit

The pediatric dentist tracks changes in your child’s teeth and gums. They may identify potential problems, including a need for orthodontics. Many children need to make room in their mouths for adult teeth early on, to avoid major issues later. Having dental appointments twice per year can help to avoid potential problems.

You know whom to call when accidents happen

Children play hard and they can also fall hard. Accidents may happen, and when faced with a mouth injury, you might need to seek out a dentist. Families who take their kids to regular dental appointments know whom to call if an emergency happens. Concerned parents will not have to seek out a new professional in a stressful situation.

We know you want the best for your children, and this includes getting appropriate dental care. If you are in our area and need a qualified team to care for your child’s teeth, visit us online at Brier Creek Pediatric Dentistry or give us a call at (919) 806-0200.