How Often Should I Take My Child to the Dentist?

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As a parent, you’re probably busy juggling seemingly endless appointments for your child between school activities, playdates, and hobbies. That’s not even factoring in all their different doctor visits! We know it’s not always easy keeping everything straight, so at least when it comes to dental matters, we can help you figure out how many trips to the dentist should fit into the schedule.

The Standard Rule

Conveniently, how often you should take your child to the dentist is the same as how often you should be seeing the dentist yourself. Everyone should visit the dentist for a routine check-up and cleaning at least twice a year, so every six months.

The Rule of Firsts

So you know how often to bring your child to the dentist, but maybe you’re wondering when you should START bringing them into a professional for dental care. There’s an easy rule to follow that we call the rule of firsts: Your kid’s first dental visit should happen when their first tooth comes in, or by the time of their first birthday.

Extra Considerations

There are times when a patient needs to see a dentist more frequently than just every six months. This can happen when there’s an extensive dental issue that needs handling. Your child’s dentist will be sure to let you know if that’s the case.

Booking Appointments

Whenever you bring your child in for their dental appointment, see if you can already book a visit six months into the future before leaving the office. That way you won’t have to remember to get something on the calendar, and your child will be kept right on track with their dental hygiene.

Children’s Dentistry at Jackson Smiles Family Dentistry

Is it about that time for your child to see a dentist? At Jackson Smiles Family Dentistry, we provide children’s dentistry in an environment that’s gentle, safe, and friendly. We’re also more than happy to help you with any of the rest of your family’s dental needs. Call or email us today to schedule your visit!

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