Sep 11, 2019
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Children's Dentistry

6 Things You Didn’t Know About Kids Dental Checkups

Everyone knows that positive dental habits start at an early age. Baby teeth, in essence, give children a practice run for learning how to care for the teeth that they’ll have for the rest of their lives. While it’s partially a parent’s job to make sure their children are set up for healthy teeth in the future, a family dentist does the detective work to make sure a child’s current and future smile is healthy. When it comes to dental checkups, Rosslyn Farms Dental Aesthetics is dedicated to making sure that your child is ready to take on the world with a beautiful smile for years to come, which is why we’re here to share six surprising things you didn’t know about dental checkups. Rosslyn Farms Dental shares these surprising facts so you can make informed decisions about your child’s dental care for optimum results now and in the future.

Your Dentist Checks for Diseases

Dental Checkups at Rosslyn Farms Help Detect Diseases Early

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When a child is at the dentist, they do more than check to make sure your teeth look good and give them a good cleaning. While doing a dental checkup, a dentist is looking for signs of disease in your child’s mouth. FInding diseases like cancer and gingivitis in young children is extremely rare, but early warning signs can help you help your child make positive changes to avoid diseases altogether. Additionally, dentists often find early warning signs of Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes in the mouth as well as other physical ailments. For this reason, it’s important to consider a dentist a key part of your child’s holistic healthcare team for his or her entire life.

You Get a Toothbrush for a Reason

Dental Checkups Help You Know When to Switch your Toothbrush

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At the end of every visit, your dentist will give you a new toothbrush. This isn’t just because your dentist has a surplus of toothbrushes laying around -- it’s a gentle reminder to get a new toothbrush. Dentists recommend switching out your toothbrush for a new one every three months (so ideally your dentist should give you two toothbrushes during a visit), so giving you a ned toothbrush during a visit is a reminder that it’s definitely time to switch out your old one. Additionally, your dentist gives your kids the right toothbrush for their needs - typically a small head with soft bristles - to clue you in to the type of toothbrush you should be buying for that time in your child’s life.

Most Parents Start Too Late

Dental Checkups at Rosslyn Farms Should Begin By Age One

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Studies show that one in six parents wait too long before taking their child to the dentist for the first time. We don’t blame parents for this; when a child is young and just beginning to grow teeth, it doesn’t feel like you could do much damage if you’re brushing teeth properly. However, children should begin seeing a dentist around the age of one, or within a few months of their first tooth popping up. This is because - although your child is only on his or her first few baby teeth - young children can face decay from a variety of sources, including baby bottle tooth decay. By taking your child to the dentist early, you can ensure your child will have a healthy mouth and that you as a parent are aware of your child’s specific needs.

Dentists Can Predict Future Treatments

Dental Checkups Help You Predict Future Oral Health Issues

girl smiling retainer crooked teeth

In addition to checking for disease, your dentist will take a look at your teeth and monitor for changes that could affect future treatments. For instance, your dentist may notice an adult tooth struggling to emerge behind a baby tooth. Your dentist will be able to see this early and perform and extraction so that the adult tooth can grow in straight and healthily. Additionally, dentists are able to tell early on if your child will need braces to correct teeth spacing or a crooked bite. Using this knowledge, your dentist can prepare for the proper time for orthodontic treatment and provide additional treatment to prepare for braces.

Dentists Help Break Harmful Habits

Dental Checkups at Rosslyn Farms Help Stop Thumb Sucking and More

baby sucking on a binky

We’ve all heard that thumb sucking can be detrimental to your child’s teeth and bite. Additionally, children often suck on their lips, use a pacifier, and stab at their teeth with their tongues, which can cause long term problems for the child’s oral health. A dentist can spot whether or not your child’s habits may cause issues down the road and equip you and your child with the tools necessary to break these harmful habits. 

Wisdom Tooth Growth is Monitored

Dental Checkups Over Time Ensure Positive Results for Life

man with tooth pain

Ideally, your home dentist will be Rosslyn Farms Dental Aesthetics for years to come. This way, the team at Rosslyn Farms Dental can track progress and care for your child’s smile for several years to ensure optimum results. When watching teeth grow over time, your dentist can carefully track the growth of wisdom teeth in teens. With careful watch over your child’s smile over time, your dentist can monitor when and if it is time for a wisdom tooth extraction. By knowing when to take out wisdom teeth, your dentist can preserve the great results and progress that consistent dental checkups at Rosslyn Farms have formed over time.


It’s clear that regular dental checkups are the key to maintaining a healthy smile for life. Ready to schedule dental checkups for your whole family? Get in touch with Rosslyn Farms Dental Aesthetics to learn about our full list of family dental services.


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