3 Reasons Why Children Need Regular Dental Checkups

Did you know that the American Dental Association recommends babies have their first dentist visit when they get their first tooth? Though this may seem young, children need dental checkups regularly from an early age. 

Even if your family’s busy or your child doesn’t like the dentist, you shouldn’t skip dentist appointments. Here are 3 reasons why children need regular dental checkups:

1. Establish Good Oral Health Habits

During visits to the dentist, you and your child will receive guidance on taking care of their mouth, teeth, and gums. 

The dentist may offer suggestions for brushing the teeth of a wiggly or resistant toddler or explain to an older child how to brush and floss their teeth.

These oral health habits will benefit your child as they get older and become more independent. Establishing proper oral care at an early age helps prevent diseases and complications and keeps those amazing little smiles beautiful and healthy.

2. Detect and Treat Oral Health Problems

As soon as your baby has a tooth, they can get a cavity. Regular pediatric dental checkups help ensure these complications are detected and can be treated. 

If issues in a child’s mouth go undetected, they could lead to pain, decay, or infection. Pediatric dentists can provide care for these oral health problems so they don’t get worse.

A pediatric dentist will also look for any developing issues, such as misaligned teeth, missing teeth, or bite issues that could cause speech or eating problems or lead to complications with permanent teeth.

3. Prevent Common Complications

No two mouths are the same. A pediatric dentist will uniquely understand your child’s mouth, oral care history, and family history. They can suggest preventative interventions such as a mouth guard to prevent sports injuries or gum care if there is a family history of gum disease.

Your child’s pediatric dentist will also provide preventative cleanings at regular checkups that can help keep your child’s mouth healthy. 

Beyond brushing and flossing, dental cleanings include removing the plaque from around the teeth and gums that cannot be removed at home. The dentist may also provide fluoride treatments or dental sealants to prevent decay.


Regular dental checkups help establish good oral habits, detect oral health diseases, and prevent complications. Don’t let your children miss their regular appointments; book their next appointment soon. 

Contact the Smiley Tooth Pediatric Dental Specialists today. We’re happy to help with your child’s dental care.