Dental Decay and School Performance

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Dental Decay and School Performance

by on 22 October

Tooth Decay and Education

According to UCLA, an estimated 504,000 kids missed at least one school day due to a toothache or other dental issues. Another study found that students with poor dental health were three times more likely than their healthy peers to miss schools because of dental pain. These absences are linked to weaker academic performance overall. Yet another study found that children that have complained of recent tooth pain were four times more likely to have a lower grade point average than their peers.

Ultimately, this should alert any parents to ensuring their child have regular dental checkups and cleanings. Preventative care is the best approach to any person’s dental care. Untreated dental problems and decay can lead to poor oral health as adults too. As professional Arizona pediatric dentists, we strongly urge scheduling regular dental appointments for your child. We can closely monitor any changes in their teeth and gums and provided preventative treatments such as sealants that help to reduce the chance of tooth decay.

Effects of Dental Pain on Kids

The effect of dental pain on children is astounding. It is a distraction that will affect school performance. According to the McMillen Center for Health Education, dental problems and pain can lead to mood swings, fatigue, anxiety and depression. Chewing problems from decay can change a child’s diet choices too, leading to their inability to focus too.

We at Palm Palm Valley Pediatric Dentistry believe in using the best dental technology during regular, preventative dental appointments with your child. We strive to offer the most comfortable and professional setting imaginable. To schedule an appointment with our Arizona dental team, call us at 623-535-7873 today. We cannot wait to begin protecting your child’s oral health for a lifetime.

 

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