What Happens If I Haven’t Been Taking My Kids to the Dentist in Years?

Regular dental checkups are important for patients of all ages, especially children. Not only do regular checkups prepare children for visiting the dentist, but they can also teach children about caring for their teeth as they grow up. Your kid’s dentist can check on your child’s adult teeth as they grow in for signs of cavities or assess if they need orthodontics like braces. Without going to the dentist regularly, your child could be at risk for many dental problems, from cavities to misaligned teeth and gingivitis. 

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What Do Regular Childhood Dental Visits Prevent?

Regular childhood dental visits can prevent many dental ailments, but most importantly, they help your child get used to the dentist. Dental anxiety is common among children, which can grow into dental fear as an adult. By visiting the dentist frequently, your child can adjust to the dentist and work with a pediatric dentist to overcome their dental fears.


On top of dental anxiety, visiting the dentist regularly is important for the overall health of your child’s teeth. For example, regular dental visits can identify and treat cavities, help remove plaque and tartar build-ups from your child’s teeth, and work to instill healthy dental habits in your child. Without frequent dental cleanings, your child could be at risk for gingivitis and uncomfortable plaque or tartar build-ups that can cause even more dental problems. 

What to Expect at a Pediatric Dental Appointment

Your child’s dentist will examine their teeth at a pediatric dental appointment. First, a dental hygienist will take x-rays of your child’s teeth, if needed, so their pediatric dentist can understand what’s going on with them. Next, a dental hygienist will clean your child’s teeth. This deep cleaning is important for the overall health of your child’s mouth and includes removing plaque and tartar build-up and checking for cavities or other bite alignment issues. 


Once the dental hygienist cleans your child’s teeth, it’s time to see the dentist. The dentist will check any signs of cavities and make sure your child’s adult teeth are coming in correctly. They may also check for bite alignment problems or signs of teeth grinding. If your pediatric dentist notices any issues, they’ll work with you to develop a treatment plan for your child that fits your needs. Sometimes, a pediatric dentist may refer you to an orthodontist if your child needs braces or other orthodontia. Finally, your dentist may recommend dental sealants to help prevent cavities. 


If you want to bring your child to the dentist for the first time in a while or want a new pediatric dentist, call Cohen Family Smiles at (914) 245-2965. Our team of family-focused dental providers will make you and your child feel right at home in our office. Whether you’re visiting the dentist for the first time with your child or are a dental regular, we’re happy to have you. Be sure to reach out if you have any questions or want to make an appointment today.

We look forward to hearing from you. 


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