Your Child’s Dental Check-up Schedule

how often should my child see a dentist? Elgin

You’ve probably heard that dentists recommend having a checkup every six months. That applies to adults and children alike. In some cases, however, we want to see a patient more often, at David Rice DDS in Elgin.

If your child has an increased risk for dental problems, we advise you to bring them in every four months. This may be a good idea is your child is prone to cavities, for example, or is a thumbsucker, since that can affect the way teeth come in.

Many parents think that a checkup isn’t needed until their child is two years old. In fact, pediatric dentistry experts say that first checkup should be no later than the age of one, and earlier if the first tooth comes in.

By then you should already be cleaning your child’s teeth and/or gums every day. Before there are any teeth all you need to do is clean the gums with a warm, damp washcloth. That will wipe away any harmful bacteria.

Once there are teeth, it’s enough to brush them with water and an extra-soft baby toothbrush. Once there are teeth that touch each other, you should begin using a tiny dab of toothpaste. Make sure your youngster doesn’t swallow any of it!

For most kids, seeing us at David Rice DDS in Elgin every six months is enough. Parents from Bartlet, South Elgin, and Wayne trust us to make sure their children’s teeth and gums are healthy. We offer general and family dentistry, and complete restorative dentistry. Call us today to schedule your child’s next checkup!

Contact David A. Rice, DDS:


Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1972 Larkin Ave Ste 1
Elgin, Illinois

ArticleID 8146

Memberships & Associations

Dr. David Rice, DDS, KOIS Center Clinical Instructor membership page The American Academy of Restorative Dentistry membership logo for Dr. Rice, DDS Elgin dentist Dr. David Rice is a member of the American Dental Association Illinois State Dental Society membership badge for Dr. David Rice, DDS


Text message is limited to 160 characters.


  1. Enter your Name.
  2. Enter your Cell Phone Number, area code first
  3. Enter your text message in the box.
  4. Click "Send Text"
  5. A copy of this text will be sent to the office and to your cell phone. The office's reply will also be sent to your cell phone where you can continue the text conversation.
Note: Mobile message and data rates from your cell phone carrier may apply.Close ClickToCall Button
NagiosCheckValue - Do not remove please