How often should my family visit the dentist? To maintain optimal oral health, you should visit the dentist every six months for cleanings and examinations. What will my appointment be like? For adults and older children, a typical appointment includes a professional teeth cleaning and thorough examination for potential diseases and disorders. For children, additional services may include fluoride and sealant treatments. What disorders do you check for during examinations? During your examination we will check for specific disorders like TMD and periodontal disease. We will also check for signs of tooth decay, impacted teeth, and other common dental problems. Why do young children need to visit the dentist? Brining your child to the dentists starting at one year of age helps prevent dental phobias and encourages a healthy relationship with oral hygiene. Additionally, potential issues with your child’s developing teeth can be discovered during their examinations and proper treatment can be provided before the problem becomes severe. Why should I worry about baby teeth when they're going to be lost anyway? There are many reasons to care for baby teeth. So-called baby teeth perform a very important function in your child's mouth. They act as placeholders and guides for your child's permanent teeth. They might also be considered "practice teeth": learning to care for them will help your child establish oral hygiene habits that will protect their permanent teeth for a lifetime of healthy, attractive smiles. Finally, cavities and gum disease can be painful, and are best avoided. If you live in or around Calgary, Alberta, Northwest Calgary, or Airdrie and have questions about family dentistry, please contact the dentists at Aesthetic Dental Studio to schedule a consultation today.