Is Poor Oral Health Affecting My Child’s Grades?

When you do not feel well, it affects more than just your physical health.  The same can be said for children and their oral health as it can affect their school work.  According to a study in North Carolina, children with poor oral health are three times more likely to perform poorly or to miss school. 

It is hard to concentrate in the classroom when dental issues like cavities cause chronic pain.  Poor oral health can lead to problems with chewing food or embarrassment about damaged or discolored teeth or bad breath.  The last thing on a child’s mind with all that would be school. Children suffering from dental issues are more likely to deal with emotional issues. 

Prevent cavities and oral pain by encouraging proper brushing and flossing twice a day.  Routine cleanings with Carolina Smiles Dentistry are also important.  Your dentist will track your childs oral health and treat any plaque and decay before it causes chronic pain.    

Dental sealants are also an option to protect your childs teeth.  Sealants are a thin coating that protects teeth from cavities caused by poor dental habits and sugary diets.  Children between 5 to 10 years old with sealants suffer from less than half the amount of decay than those without sealants. 

Support your childs success at school by promoting good oral health.  Schedule a routine cleaning for your dentist to create a care plan for your childs oral health.  Between homework and school, the last thing your child should worry about is tooth pain.  

If you have concerns or questions about your childs oral health, Carolina Smiles Dentistry is here to help. We can make sure your childs dental health is on the right track so their school work isnt affected. You can call our office at 919-620-6700 to schedule an appointment for your child. 

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