A recent study concluded that students with poor oral health were three times more likely to miss school due to dental pain. On average, dental issues cause children to miss just over two days of school every year. Absences from school can lead to lower grades, and constant oral pain can cause developmental issues and negatively affect children’s confidence. How can you keep your children in school with a healthy smile? Schedule a dental appointment before school begins!
Cavities are the Number One Preventable Disease in Children
One of the most common chronic conditions in children is tooth decay. Nearly 20% of children aged 5 to 11 have at least one untreated decaying tooth. The good news is that tooth decay is preventable. When detected early, tooth decay can be combated with proper oral care routines and sealants. Tooth decay is painful and distracting, and can cause your child to lose focus in school or even prevent them from participating in the class discussion. It can negatively affect their social development, which could cause more serious problems in the future.
Oral Issues Cost Time
According to a recent study, more than 51 million school hours in the United States are lost each year due to dental disease. Lost school hours are closely linked to poor academic performance, and can cause your child’s grades to suffer. By scheduling your child for a checkup appointment before school starts, you can get a head start on creating a healthy smile for your child that won’t cause them to miss any valuable class time.
Schedule an Appointment Today
We strongly advise you to schedule a dental checkup for your child as a great way to start the new year. Our office will thoroughly evaluate your child’s smile and check for any tooth decay or other ailments that may need further attention. We can create a treatment plan that respects their school schedule and minimizes their time away from class.