Childhood is filled with milestones — first words, first steps, first day of school, etc.
Yet, although many of these milestones are welcome, joyous occasions, there are plenty of milestones that parents would prefer their children missed — especially their first cavities. A large number of children experience tooth decay before they start kindergarten. In many cases, that’s because their parents didn’t take the time to instill good dental hygiene habits in their children as soon as possible. Parents have a responsibility to make sure that they begin taking care of their children’s teeth before their first tooth even emerges — because learning proper oral health habits will help them avoid many of the problems that could cause early tooth decay.
Dental health problems can lead to other developmental issues in young children, including speech delays and nutritional deficiencies. This is why parents need to pay special attention to their children’s oral health from the beginning and work hard to teach their kids the right way to take care of their teeth.
If you’re concerned about your kids’ dental health and the impact it may have on their development, the following checklist contains all the information you need to know about each stage of their development.
Author bio: Dr. Sheila Harris is the owner of Natomas Crossing Dental Care, a leading dental practice in Sacramento, California. Since graduating from Northwestern University School of Dentistry, she has become one of the top general dentists in Sacramento and is a proud member of several dental organizations.