Why It’s So Important for Your Child to Have Dental Checkups


At Route 32 Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics, Dr. Nieku Manshadi understands how vital routine dental checkups are to learn if your child is experiencing a chronic oral condition. After all, children with chronic dental pain may not always tell you (or even be able to tell you) what is happening.

If your child has a painful tooth or chronic dental problem, it can lead to difficulty eating, speaking and concentrating, and may even cause your child to miss school. Sometimes the only signs that something is wrong might be that they appear anxious, depressed or tired.

Dr. Nieku Manshadi, our dentist at Route 32 Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics, will be happy to help you decide how often your child should be seen for a dental checkup. At their visit, he will determine the following:

— Your child’s eating habits.
— How well your child’s teeth are maintained.
— Any past treatment your child has received and what their current needs are.
— Whether your child drinks fluoridated water.
— Any factors that may indicate susceptibility to oral diseases.

While most children can begin brushing their own teeth by the time they are seven years old, they will need your supervision until they are about 10-11 years old. The manual dexterity required for flossing develops around ten years of age.

Routine dental checkups will help keep your child’s smile healthy and confident. Please call Route 32 Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics, in Waco, Texas, at 254.655.6554 to schedule your child’s next appointment with Dr. Nieku Manshadi and our skilled team!