The Importance of Child Visits to the Dentist

Regular Visits are Essential for Your Child’s Teeth

Pediatric dental care is vital for ensuring your child’s primary teeth are kept to a good, hygienic standard.  Regular visits to the dentist focus on the health of your child’s gums and teeth, that no decay is forming and that they aren’t developing any oral dental diseases.

“Although dental check-ups are free for under-18s, four in ten children have not seen a dentist in over a year.”

The most common oral disease affecting children and that aged under-18 is tooth decay. A quarter of five-year-olds in the UK have experienced some form of tooth decay.

“If your child has bad breath, brown or black spots appearing on their teeth, tooth sensitivity or suffer from a toothache, they may have tooth decay.”

Regular dentist visits allow your dentist to spot and deal with any symptoms of tooth decay.


Preventing Tooth Decay

Although tooth decay is a common oral disease in the UK, you can prevent it by:

  • Cutting down on sugary, starchy food and drinks.
  • Brushing teeth at least twice a day and flossing after meals.
  • Visiting your dentist regularly. Check-ups are free to those aged under 18.

Visiting the dentist can help introduce your child to proper oral health maintenance that they’ll be aware of when growing up. Your child will be aware of their eating habits and the dangers of not properly looking after their teeth.


The Kids Health Organization is a fantastic resource for understanding every aspect of how a child’s body works. Their free advice is easy to understand and is explained without the complicated medical jargon.