The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends a dental checkup at least twice a year for most children. Regular dental visits help your child stay cavity-free. Early examination and preventive care will protect your child’s smile now and in the future. “First visit by first birthday” sums it up. This visit will establish a dental home for your child. Baby teeth are important to you child’s present and future dental health. They encourage normal development of the jaw bones and muscles. They also save space for the permanent teeth and guide them into position.
Remember: Some baby teeth are not replaced until a child is 12 or 14 years old. If a baby tooth is lost too soon, the teeth beside it may move into the empty space. Teeth in the other jaw may move up or down to fill the space, creating a lack of space in the jaw for the permanent teeth. Therefore, permanent teeth are crowded and come in crooked. If left untreated, the condition may require extensive orthodontic treatment.