Did you know that more than one-half of all children aged 5-9 years have at least one cavity or filling in their smile? If a cavity is left undiagnosed, it can lead to difficulty in eating, speaking and concentrating and may end up causing your child to miss school. Telltale signs that something is off may manifest as your child appearing anxious, depressed or tired.
Our dentist at North Texas Smiles, Dr. Justin Warcup, is happy to help you decide how often your child should be seen for dental checkups. We will evaluate the following to help make this assessment:
- Your child’s eating habits.
- How well your child’s teeth are maintained.
- Any past treatment your child has received and what their current needs are.
- Whether your child drinks fluoridated water.
- Any factors that may indicate susceptibility to oral diseases.
Children can usually begin brushing their own teeth by the time they are seven years old, but they will require your supervision until they are around 10-11 years old. You will also want to continue flossing your child’s teeth until they are around ten years old, as flossing is a skill which takes longer to master.
Maintaining routine dental checkups will help your child to maintain their oral health. We invite you to call our North Texas Smiles team in Fort Worth, Texas, at 817-732-9341 to schedule your child’s next appointment with Dr. Justin Warcup. We are here to help your child maintain a healthy, confident smile!