Dental & Oral Health

Dental Schedule For Children To Prevent Future Dental Problems

Written by
Dr. Naveen Thomas
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.

Published on Nov 30, 2016 and last reviewed on Sep 07, 2018   -  2 min read

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This article emphasizes that, adequate care of the milk teeth till the child reaches 15 years will reduce many possible dental problems and save you money later!!!

Dental Schedule For Children To Prevent Future Dental Problems
  • All the dental problems which are found in an average human being can be prevented if proper timely intervention is done.
  • Every child should be made familiar with a dentist at an early age and not just when he is having pain or discomfort.
  • A child should be brought to a dentist for the first time at the age of one so that he gets used to a dentist and develops a positive attitude towards future treatment needs.
  • By first year, his milk teeth would have started growing and needs to be taken care of, to prevent early childhood caries (tooth decay).
  • The parents should be given proper guidelines on how to care for their child's dental health and stay healthy.
  • Then for every 6 months it is necessary to consult a dentist till your child reaches the age of 5 years, so that small caries if develops can be treated initially, thereby preventing future problems.
  • After 5 years of age, it would be necessary to take him to a dentist once a year to check for his jaw growth and rule out any other conditions.
  • The jaw growth occurs at this growing stage.
  • Early diagnosis of the jaw problems (like forwardly placed jaws) can help in correction at this age.
  • This early correction helps in avoiding jaw surgeries at later stages.
  • The front teeth will start shedding by the age of 6-8 years.
  • So, parents should ask the dentist about thier kids progress from deciduous dentition (milk teeth) to permanent dentition and take necessary treatment like removal of loose teeth and sealing of small cavities of permanent molar tooth which erupts at age of 6 years.
  • Sealing of deep pits and fissures in permanent teeth is done with pit and fissure sealants to prevent future decay of the teeth.
  • The retained milk teeth which interrupt the path of eruption of the permanent teeth have to be removed.
  • The removal of retained milk teeth is helpful in guiding the eruption of permanent teeth.
  • Because the retained milk teeth cause improper positioning of the erupting permanent teeth.
  • Timely removal at this stage reduces the need for orthodontic treatment (wire braces) at later stages.
  • Hence, adequate care of the milk teeth till the child reaches 15 years of age will reduce many possible dental problems and save you money later!!!

Prevention is always better than cure.

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Last reviewed at:
07 Sep 2018  -  2 min read

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