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Regular dental checkups help to discover if your child is experiencing a chronic dental condition. This is important because children who suffer from chronic dental pain may not always tell you (or be able to tell you) what is happening. But there are signs they may exhibit–they may appear anxious, depressed or tired.

The reality is more than one-half of all children aged 5-9 years have at least one cavity or filling in their smile. Any undiagnosed dental condition can eventually harm your child as a painful tooth or chronic dental problem can lead to difficulty eating, speaking and concentrating, and may even cause your child to miss school.

Our dentist at Orem Pediatric Dentistry, R. Bruce Howell, can help you decide how often your child should be seen for dental checkups. At their visit, Dr. R. Bruce Howell will evaluate the following:

— 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.

Generally speaking, children can begin brushing their own teeth by the time they are seven years old, although they still require supervision until they are about 10-11 years old. In addition, 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 even longer to master.

At Orem Pediatric Dentistry, your child’s oral health is important to us, and routine dental cleanings will help us give your child a healthy, confident smile. Please call our dedicated team in Orem, Utah, at 801-802-7200 to schedule your child’s next appointment with R. Bruce Howell.