By Wayne Cook, D.D.S.
October 10, 2016
Category: Oral Health

Contrary to popular belief, seeing the dentist can be a fun and exciting experience for your child. Childhood dental visits are crucial to pediatric dentistryyour child’s oral health and ensure that they hit their oral growth and development markers at the correct times. Learn more about the importance of childhood dental visits with Dr. Wayne Cook in Marion, AR.

How often should my child see the dentist?

Children should see the dentist at least twice a year. These preventative examinations help your dentist catch problems with your child’s teeth, such as tooth decay, early when they are easy to treat. Additionally, the professional cleanings which take place at the visit keep your child’s teeth free of plaque and tartar, preventing tooth decay and gum disease.

What does a normal childhood dental check-up involve? 
Your child’s first dental appointment will be more of an introduction to the dentist’s office than an actual dental examination. While your dentist will, in fact, examine your child’s teeth, the appointment will be short and focus on introducing the child to their dentist and the office. Beginning with their first tooth, your child should see their dentist at least twice a year. Examinations will include ensuring there are no cavities or other issues, repairing these problems if necessary and cleaning the teeth.

Regular Pediatric Dental Examinations and Cleanings in Marion, AR
Keeping your child current with regular dental examinations and cleanings is only half the battle. Establishing a strong oral care routine early in life will build the habits your child requires to keep their teeth healthy and decay-free into their adulthood. Wipe infants’ gums with a damp, soft cloth after feeding times and before bed. As soon as you see a tooth, begin helping your child brush twice daily. When the teeth begin growing close enough together to touch, teach your child to floss in between each tooth at least once daily. Using color-changing mouthwash which shows plaque on the teeth is also a fun way to show your child the importance of not “missing a spot”.

For more information on dental examinations for your child, please contact Dr. Wayne Cook, in Marion, AR. Call (870) 739-8799 to schedule your child’s dental appointment today!

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Marion, AR Family Dentist
Wayne Cook, D.D.S.
303 Bancario Rd.Suite 7
Marion, AR 72364
870-739-8799
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