Are Your Kids’ Smiles Ready for School?
Don’t tell your kids, but the first day of school is closer than they realize.
When you’re out and about getting supplies and clothes for the upcoming school year, we want to encourage you to schedule a visit to our office in Roseville, CA as well. A back-to-school dental checkup is a good idea for every family, and it can help you avoid some potentially painful consequences down the road.
You want your kids to have every opportunity to do well in school, and keeping their mouths healthy can play a role in that.
We hope to see you before classes begin. To schedule your next appointment with us, call 916-945-9985 to reach Advanced Dental Concepts.
Oral Health & Education
Now, we aren’t going to act like brushing your teeth is going to make your kids smarter, but not brushing could affect their focus at school as well as their attendance.
The Children’s Dental Health Project advocates for good oral health for kids. They also shared some information about the ways that dental problem can have a negative impact on kids’ everyday experiences at school.
- A study in Los Angeles elementary schools found that 1 in 3 elementary school absences was the result of a dental problem.
- California teens with oral health issues were more four times more likely to have lower grades if they reported recent dental pain.
- And nationwide, 1 in 7 kids between 6 and 12 years old reported having a toothache in the previous six months.
The American Dental Association is aware of this issue as well. They report that children in the United States miss 51 million hours of school annually.
It’s easy to understand why a toothache could affect a child. Imagine sitting in class trying to listen to a lesson when a pain in your mouth distracts your focus. Maybe you go to the nurse’s office instead, which means you’re missing class time.
Some kids won’t say anything until the pain becomes unbearable. As a result, they may not eat as much as they should at lunch, which could create a different kind of distraction in the afternoon.
General dental care can help your family avoid tooth decay and cavities, which kind lead to the kinds of problems described above. Getting a checkup now can identify a problem so it can be fixed before it becomes painful, or it could help prevent the problem from ever occurring.
Start the Year with a Smile
You want your family to be as healthy as they can be. You want your kids to do their best in school because you know how valuable education is.
By making time to encourage good dental habits, you can help the people you love avoid learning some painful lessons as well.
Our team at Advanced Dental Concepts wants your kids to be smiling when you are taking their first day of school pictures. A dental cleaning and exam will help. Call 916-945-9985 or fill out our easy-to-use online form to schedule a visit with us.