Regular checkups are essential for children. It helps to insure that they have healthy teeth as adults. During their exams, the dentist can find small cavities before they grow large and become painful, and have a chance to abscess. Providing fluoride treatments will help strengthen children’s teeth. The checkup provides time for the hygienist to demonstrate proper care and brushing techniques and remove plaque and tartar that can build up and result in gum disease. A routine dental check also allows your dentist to detect crowded teeth early and have them corrected instead of waiting until your child can’t chew correctly, which can become a big expense.