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The Link Between Children’s Dental Health and School Performance

August 8, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — ccmarion @ 11:32 am
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The new school year is just around the corner, and you’re looking for the best ways to boost your child’s performance. While there are several helpful tools available for parents to give their children an edge, there is a simple one you may have never considered: making dental health improvements. As you continue reading, your dentist in Marion explains how this can make a positive impact on your child’s performance this school year!

What Scientists Have Discovered

In an article published in PubMed, researchers concluded that “preventing and treating dental problems and improving dental health may benefit child academic achievement and cognitive and psychological development.”

They discovered that students with poor dental health were more prone to demonstrate the following characteristics:

  • To be less likely to complete assigned homework on time
  • To be more prone to have behavioral problems at school
  • To be prone to school absences, missing – on average – one more day per year than their peers

Thankfully, these trends can be reversed and corrected through greater awareness and taking effective action.

How Improved Dental Health Can Help

Before the new school year starts, it’s vital to develop and implement a strategy. Therefore, your child won’t have to endure the stress of making dental care changes while adjusting to new classes, teachers and other challenges the upcoming school year may hold.

Here are some simple tips:

Get on the Typical School Schedule Now

One way to instill some good dental hygiene habits is to put your child on a modified back-to-school schedule now. You can begin by waking him or her up at the same time you would during the school year. To go a step further, establish a routine for brushing and flossing in the morning and at night before going to bed.

Make Toothbrushing Fun

Does your child have a favorite superhero-heroine or television star? If so, take a trip to your local retailer to purchase a toothbrush, toothpaste and other supplies that feature the personality. This can help tremendously in encouraging kids to anticipate and properly perform their dental hygiene.  

Be Present and Engaged

It’s no secret that children with involved parents tend to do better in school, enjoy the best dental health and flourish in life. By taking the time to monitor your child’s technique when brushing and flossing, you can make important corrections before any bad habits develop and provide the reassurance that you care – something every child needs.

Set Up a Dental Appointment Now

You’re not alone in the quest for the best dental health for your child. This is the perfect time to schedule a visit with your local children’s dentist. It will provide a thorough cleaning and examination so you can know for sure what needs to be focused on moving forward. Better yet, an end-of-summer dental visit serves as a great springboard into the new school year!

About the Author

Dr. Eric Buck is a graduate of The Ohio State University College of Dentistry. For nearly 20 years, he has been helping parents experience greater peace-of-mind by providing their little ones with the absolute best and most attentive dental care possible. Dr. Buck offers back-to-school dental checkups at Cross Creek Dental Care, and he can be reached for more information or to schedule a visit through his website.

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