How often does my child need to see the dentist?
Children and adults should see their dentist for regular check-ups every six months. However, the frequency of these visits also depends on the child's health and the condition of the teeth, gums and mouth.
When should my child see a dentist for a check-up and what should I expect?
Your child's first visit should be after the first tooth erupts or by the age of 1. After that, you should take your child to the dentist around the time when all primary teeth are visible, which will be by the time he/she is 2 to 3 years old.
What should the dentist check for during my child's first visit?
The first dental visit is short and involves very little treatment. The dentist will:
• Check child's existing teeth for decay
• Examine the child bite
• Look for potential problems with gums and jaws
• Take x-rays in case of an irregularity
• Clean the teeth, if needed
Many dentists recommend a trial visit to expose and familiarise the child to the sight, sounds, smells and feel of the clinic, prior to the first visit.