What brushing teeth and homework have in common

Did you know over 34 million school hours are lost each year due to children's dental health problems in the U.S.? Tooth decay is actually one of the top chronic infectious diseases in the country, but is 100% preventable.

Children who experience untreated oral health issues are also more likely to have lower school performance, according to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD). Oral health problems can damage a child's self-esteem, as they may be less likely to speak, smile, play and interact with others. But untreated tooth decay and other oral health issues don't have to become a problem if they're caught early.

Putting your children's dental appointments on a seasonal checklist helps make sure they'll stay healthy all year long. Here are some ways you can help maintain your children's dental health, no matter what their age.

Good oral care starts early