Previously, we touched on the importance of your child’s regular check-up. These appointments set them dentally for life. Typically, they’re done twice a year, every six months. But why does your child need a 6-month check-up?
Well, for various reasons. You usually get a regular check-up to track the changes happening in your body over time. For doctors and dentists, this tracking helps them ensure that your body is in a constant state of health and that any illnesses you might have are dealt with immediately. If something deviates from a normal, healthy state, they may look into their possible causes.
The goal of a check-up, after all, lies in its name—to check up on your health. Your doctor or dentists determine what you’ve been doing right or wrong. Afterward, they can prescribe either medication to take or habits to peruse so you can keep healthy.
All this considered, why then does your child need a 6-month check-up? Here are some reasons why:
- To check the state of their oral health
When it comes to the first dental appointment, dental professionals recommend having them checked once their first tooth erupts. At this age, your child might have attained the streptococcus mutans bacteria responsible for tooth decay from their parents. Without proper monitoring, these bacteria could proliferate and deteriorate the developing tooth before your child’s permanent tooth sets in. And the most severe stage of decay often leads to premature tooth loss, which has its own set of complications.
Having that first appointment early, then, gives your child the preventive edge. And with a follow-up check-up every six months, your child can continue to have this advantage well until they get their permanent teeth.
- To assess their oral habits
When your child keeps to their regular dentist visits, they don’t just have their teeth screened. Their pediatric dentist may also delve into their dental history to ascertain whether their dental habits help or harm their oral health.
With a visit every six months, the pediatric dentist can easily see if there have been any improvements since the last visit. The six-month duration here is quite important, as it allows for any hygiene habits that have formed over that course.
During the appointment, your child’s pediatric dentist may ask questions about their hygiene and eating habits. They do this to see whether they contributed to the state of their oral health. If the contribution is negative, your child’s dentist may prescribe some lifestyle changes to bring them back on the right track. These corrections might even include a free toothbrush and toothpaste specially designed to delight your little one.
- To evaluate the need for early intervention
Sometimes, your child’s dentist might find that your kid is at risk of specific oral ailments. During the appointment, they can easily schedule another visit to correct the problem. Severe dental issues often grow more dangerous the more you let them be. Similarly, the earlier you stop the problem, the better chances your child will fare as they grow into adulthood.
But prevention doesn’t just stop at treating the disease. Your child’s pediatric dentist can also prescribe a course of action your kid could take to prevent similar instances from happening again.