Your child needs to see the dentist by age two or three, when all the baby teeth have come in. Here are some reasons to take your child for dental check-ups:
- Check for signs of early childhood tooth decay
- Give you tips on cleaning your child’s teeth
- Talk to you about good eating habits
- Talk to you about fluoride
Your dentist may want to take X-rays. X-rays show decay between the teeth. They will also show if teeth are coming in the way they should. Your child’s dentist may also talk to you about fluoride.
Once your child has permanent molars, your dentist may suggest sealing them to protect them from cavities. A sealant is a kind of plastic that is put on the chewing surface of the molars. The plastic seals the tooth and makes it less likely to trap food and germs.