A parent’s checklist for kids oral health

On a parents’ list of major milestones, first toothbrush doesn’t quite carry the same emotional heft as first steps or first words. However, it doesn’t mean it’s not important.

Encouraging children to follow proper oral health habits is vital — not only because it reduces the risk of cavities, but also because it has a number of other effects on children’s health. Good dental hygiene at a young age can help prevent orthodontic issues later in childhood, as well as improve self-esteem and confidence.

For these and many other reasons, there’s no such thing as “too early” when it comes to teaching kids how to take care of their teeth and gums. Even before they’re able to stand, children need to be shown the way toward good oral hygiene habits.

This includes drinking water and milk instead of sugary juices, cleaning their gums with a soft washcloth (even before teeth emerge), and limiting snacks. As kids get older, parents need to encourage their children to make dental health a priority and continue with good habits.

This checklist provides parents with information on each stage of their children’s development to keep first cavity off that list of milestones.


Author bio: Dr. Sheila Harris is 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.

Source: jaleesa blog