Health and Wellness - Your Kids’ Teeth

Ann Cochran Dallas County Public Health

Teeth mark milestones your children’s development – that very first tooth, the first loose tooth, and the awkward age when their adult teeth look huge in their mouth.

At what age should children receive their first oral check-up? Just before Kindergarten? Age three? When he complains of a toothache? The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that children have their first check-up around their first birthday, or within six months of getting their first tooth.

You may be surprised to hear a baby needs to have their teeth examined. Many parents delay a first dentist visit until their children are nearly three years old, which can lead to decay of primary or “baby” teeth. Your children’s baby teeth play important roles in their general health such as helping them chew properly to maintain good nutrition. Sound teeth also help save a space for permanent teeth, and help children’s speech development. Very important for both children and adults is the fact that oral decay means infection, which drags down the health of the whole body.

If your children have Medicaid or hawk-I insurance, rest assured that dental check-ups are covered. You may purchase a hawk-I Dental Only plan as well. See www.deltadentalia.com/hawk-i.