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Cavity-Free Kids Perform Better In School

There are several reasons why cavity-free kids may perform better academically in school than their peers with untreated dental disease. Here are some of the key reasons:

  1. Better overall health: Children who have good oral health tend to have better overall health. They are less likely to miss school due to dental problems, and they may have fewer absences overall due to illness. This means they have more opportunities to learn and keep up with their studies. Children with poor oral health were nearly 3 times more likely than were their healthy classmates to miss school as a result of dental pain.

  2. Improved concentration: Children with dental pain or discomfort may have a harder time focusing on their schoolwork. Pain can be distracting and make it difficult to concentrate. When children don't have to deal with dental pain or discomfort, they may be better able to focus on their studies and perform better academically. Worried that missing school may make it difficult for their studies? Worry not! Research confirms school absences caused by dental pain were associated with poorer school performance but missing school for routine dental care (checkups) were not. So ask your dentist for a school excuse so your child can benefit from a healthy mouth for better concentration.

  3. Better nutrition: Children with cavities may have a harder time eating healthy foods, as they may experience pain or sensitivity when eating certain foods. This can lead to a less balanced diet, which can impact overall health and cognitive function. When children have good oral health, they may be better able to eat a healthy, balanced diet, which can lead to improved academic performance.

  4. Increased self-esteem: Children with good oral health may feel more confident and have higher self-esteem. This can translate into better performance in school, as they may feel more comfortable speaking up in class or participating in group activities, making friends, and being social with their peers.

Overall, good oral health is an important factor in a child's overall health and well-being. By maintaining good oral health, children may be better able to perform well academically and achieve their full potential in school. So be sure to schedule that dental checkup during summer break, and one during the school year as well!


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