Four Developmental Milestones In Your Child’s Oral Health

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We’ve all compared our children’s milestones in the early years – height and weight, as well as when they first smiled, laughed or crawled. But do you remember their dental developmental milestones? Many parents may remember when the first tooth erupted, but more important dental moments pale in comparison to that first drooling grin. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), children’s milestones are measured by how they learn, speak, move, behave and play. In oral health, developmental milestones are also important to your child’s ability to eat and smile.

Baby Teeth Eruption

Even before the first tooth erupts, the primary (baby) teeth are completing their formation in your infant’s jaw. The eruption of the first baby tooth paves the way for future dental checkpoints. From baby teeth to wisdom teeth, the level of care will determine the quality of your child’s smile, and ultimately their overall health. According to the American Dental Association (ADA) Mouth Healthy site, dental care should begin as soon as the first tooth erupts with a trip to the dentist and continue in recommended intervals to monitor homecare and further development. And yes, baby teeth matter! They hold space for the permanent teeth, facilitate speech and nourishment and should be maintained until they naturally exfoliate.

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