How often should a child see the dentist? The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry rec-ommends a dental check-up at least twice a year for most children. Some children need more frequent dental visits because of increased risk of tooth decay, unusual growth patterns or poor oral hygiene. Your pediatric dentist will let you know the best appoint-ment schedule for your child. Why visit the dentist twice per year when my child has never had a cavity? Regular dental visits help your child stay cavity-free. Teeth cleanings remove debris that build up on the teeth, irritate the gums and cause decay. Fluoride treatments renew the fluoride content in the enamel, strengthening teeth and preventing cavities. Hygiene instructions improve your child’s brushing and floss -ing, leading to cleaner teeth and healthier gums. Tooth decay is not the only reason for a dental visit. Your pediatric dentist provides an ongoing assess-ment of changes in your child’s oral health. For example, your child may need additional fluoride, dietary changes or sealants for ideal dental health. The pediatric dentist may identify orthodontic prob-lems and suggest treatment to guide the teeth as they emerge in the mouth. regular What happens in a dental check-up? The pediatric dentist will review your child’s medical and dental history. He or she will gently examine your child’s teeth, oral tissues and jaws. The teeth will be cleaned and polished, followed by the ap-plication of a fluoride solution. Your pediatric dentist will not just talk to you about dental health, he or she will talk to your child with easily understandable words, pictures and ideas. Your child will be motivated to take responsibility for a healthy smile.