The American Academy of Pediatric Dentists recommend parents or caregivers schedule twice yearly appointments for children, with the first visit taking place within 6 months of the first milk tooth erupting, or by age one.
Why Have An Oral Evaluation?
Regular oral evaluations are important to help ensure your child’s teeth and gums are healthy and for checking that their teeth, jaws and facial structures are developing normally. Our pediatric dentist will do far more than merely looking at their teeth, as they’ll want to review their medical and dental history to determine if there is a need for additional treatments.
What Happens During an Oral Evaluation?
An oral evaluation takes into account the condition of the teeth, as well as the gums and other soft tissues in the mouth, and it helps our dentist to monitor the growth of the jaws and the development of teeth. In addition, our dentist will want to know about any oral health habits such as thumb sucking or teeth grinding. These factors are used to make a proper diagnosis and to formulate a treatment plan if necessary.
Our dentist will want to constantly monitor the condition of your child’s mouth so they can evaluate any changes in their dental health. In addition, they can advise you on any oral care strategies that might be necessary. Some children who are more susceptible to tooth decay, or who might show early signs of orthodontic issues may need to visit a pediatric dentist more regularly.
The overall aim of regular oral evaluations is to ensure your child’s teeth and gums remain healthy and develop normally, and to help your child feel more comfortable in a dental office. In addition, our pediatric dentist will keep detailed records on your child’s dental health, including their jaw development. If any oral conditions do develop then they can be much easier to treat if a child’s dental history is fully documented. The condition of children’s teeth can change quite quickly, and changes in diet or the development of oral habits such as thumb sucking can quickly increase the likelihood of tooth decay or tooth misalignment.
Other services that can be provided alongside an oral evaluation include professional cleanings and instructions on how to look after your children’s teeth at home, advice on diet and nutrition, and fluoride treatments when necessary.