Join Any Savings Plan Today & Get 1 Extra Month Free!
Close X

you are > Dental Health Articles > Kids need a dental check-up 'every six months'

Kids need a dental check-up 'every six months'
Updated: 8/21/2008 12:01:20 PM

Children should go to the dentist to have their teeth examined twice per year, an expert has recommended.

Writing in the Marco Eagle, Dr Fred Eck says that many parents do not send their kids for check-ups because they think "their baby teeth are just going to fall out anyway."

However, he cautions that "this couldn't be further from the truth," as baby teeth enable proper jaw growth and help determine the amount of space allotted for adult teeth to occupy.

At these regular dentist visits, many children may benefit from topical fluoride treatments, particularly those who drink unfluoridated bottled water instead of tap water, Eck claims.

Kids who drink sugary beverages such as soda, sports drinks or fruit juice should also have these treatments, he adds.

As for when a child's dental visits should begin, Eck recommends that parents bring them in when they are between 24 and 36 months old.

According to the Mayo Clinic, children usually begin losing their baby teeth when they are around six years old.

© 2008 Brafton Inc.


The materials and articles published on are for informational purposes only. Although strives to be accurate and complete, the information is provided without liability for errors. does not warrant the accuracy or completeness of the information, text graphics, links, or other items contained on expressly disclaims liability for errors or omissions in these materials and makes no commitment to update the information on expressly disclaims all liability for the use or interpretation by others of information on Decisions based on information contained on are the sole responsibility of the visitors, and visitors agree to hold and its Affiliates harmless against any claims for damages arising from decisions visitors make on such information.

Nothing on constitutes medical advice or other forms of advice. assumes no responsibility for material created or published by third parties linked to with or without’s knowledge.