You Asked: Common Questions About Kids’ Dental and Eye Care

We get questions all the time about how to keep children’s teeth and eyes healthy for life. Here are some of the questions we commonly see. And, as always, don’t hesitate to reach out to your child’s dentist and eye doctor with questions.

HOW OFTEN DOES MY CHILD NEED TO SEE THE DENTIST?

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that children should first see the dentist by one year (12 months) of age. Thereafter, children should see the dentist every six months unless otherwise directed by your dentist.

WHEN SHOULD I TAKE MY CHILD TO THE DENTIST FOR THE FIRST CHECK-UP?

Your child should visit the dentist in the time frame between the eruption of their first tooth (around six months of age), and their first birthday (12 months of age).

WHAT DENTAL CARE IS COVERED BY MEDICAID?

Medicaid generally covers all needed preventive and operative dental care for children from six months to 20 years of age.

This includes twice annual dental cleanings, exams and x-rays plus fluoride treatments and sealants, fillings, crowns, spacers and other treatment that may be required to maintain or restore dental health.

WHAT SHOULD I DO IF MY CHILD HAS A TOOTHACHE?

A toothache can stem from a number of factors. Often, the toothache is caused by a cavity or an injury to the tooth – both situations may require dental treatment.

If your child has a toothache or trauma (injury) to a tooth, please contact your dentist as soon as possible so your child can be evaluated and proper steps can be taken to address your child’s specific dental needs.

IF MY CHILD PASSED A VISION SCREENING AT SCHOOL DOES SHE STILL NEED AN EYE EXAM?

Yes, she still needs a comprehensive eye exam from an optometrist with the training and equipment to detect the full range of potential childhood vision issues. Vision screenings at school typically only test for nearsightedness and are not capable of identifying more serious eye conditions. One in four children may have a vision issue that could impair development and success at school. All children should undergo eye exams every one to two years started from the time they reach six months.

HOW CAN I GET MY TODDLER TO KEEP HER GLASSES ON?

Trying to ensure that young children stick to their vision treatment plan can be very tricky. First make sure their glasses fit perfectly. If the glasses aren’t comfortable, the child will naturally want to take them off. Use elastic straps to help keep the glasses in place. Next, try to make wearing glasses fun — find a favorite cartoon character with glasses like SpongeBob or the Minions, and fit some glasses on the child’s dolls. Reward and praise your child for wearing their glasses a little longer each day, and be a role model by wearing glasses yourself. Here are some more tips on how to get your child to wear their glasses.

Adventure Dental and Vision

785-236-7787

400 SW 29th Street, Topeka

www.AdventureTopeka.com

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