Is Dental Health Affecting Your Child’s Schoolwork?
You may be surprised to learn that there is a great deal of research connecting a child’s oral health to his or her performance in school. Why is proper dental care so vital to being able to get a good education? Here are some of the things that researchers have discovered.
- Dental problems result in 51 million missed hours of school per year.
- Kids who suffer from toothaches are 4 times as likely to have lower average grades in school.
- Children who suffer from poor dental health miss about 3 times as many schools.
- Kids who miss school because of dental problems are more likely to perform poorly in school. Kids who miss school on rare occasions to have routine dental checkups have normal scores.
As a result of the three studies noted above (the last two were from the same study), researchers determined that children who suffered from dental problems were more likely both to miss school and perform poorly compared to other students. So, in short, the answer is yes, dental health can affect a child’s schoolwork, for good or for bad.
Correcting Oral Health Problems to Improve Scholastic Performance
It makes sense that if poor oral health affects a child’s school performance negatively that correcting the problem could create better conditions for learning and improve grades. It’s never too late to focus on restoration of present dental problems and prevention of future issues.
At BRSH+FLSS Pediatrics Dentistry, our goal is to help teach kids to take care of their teeth so that dental problems are a rarity rather than the norm. Through training in how to brush and floss as well as explaining the importance, we strive to help children avoid cavities, toothaches, and any other dental problem that could distract them from school work or from enjoying their youth. To schedule an appointment, call 619-741-1500 today. Let’s work together to help your child succeed!