Sending your child back to school involves a lot of preparation. There are school supply lists to fulfill, new wardrobes to procure, and medical checkups to attend. With so much happening, it can be easy to forget to schedule a dental appointment. Did you know, though, that a child’s oral health can directly impact how well they do at school? Keep reading to find out why, and how you can help set up your child for academic success this year!
How Does Oral Health Impact My Child’s Happiness?
Our teeth play a crucial role in how we learn to eat, speak, and interact with others. It should come as no surprise, then, that the condition of their mouths can deeply influence a child’s sense of well-being. Consequences of dental illness can include embarrassment, discomfort, and reduced self-esteem.
One clinical study that investigated the impact of oral health on children demonstrated this, too. Children who had issues with their pearly whites were more likely to report feelings of unhappiness, worthlessness, shyness, feeling less friendly toward others, and even depression.
How Does Oral Health Influence Their Schoolwork?
The same study showed that children with unhealthy teeth or gums had lower grades than other children. They were more likely to miss school due to illness or appointments, which also led to them not turning in all their assignments. Because grades include factors like class participation and homework, they didn’t do as well as other students. Poor grades combined with an already lowered sense of self-confidence can leave kids feeling unhappy both at home and at school. No one wants to put their child through that if they can help it!
What Can I Do To Set My Child Up For Success?
If your child has dental problems and is already falling behind at school, don’t lose hope! There are things you can do as their parent to get them back on track so they can recover their grades and feel more self-assured. It’s never too late to start a healthy oral hygiene routine that includes:
- Brushing teeth twice a day for 2 minutes at a time.
- Flossing twice a day.
- Limiting exposure to highly sugary foods and drinks.
- Taking them to their pediatric dentist regularly.
Their dentist can help repair or restore your child’s teeth and gums so that they can begin to recover from the impacts of dental issues. Then, by keeping healthy habits, you can ensure their smile- and academic performance- stays healthy and strong all year long.
About the Author
Dr. Renee Corbitt graduated with her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree in 1986 from the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio Dental School. Since then, she has taken many courses of continuing education that cover everything from general dentistry to sleep study to headaches. She enjoys interacting with patients of all ages, who become like family to her. If you’d like to make an appointment for your child, feel free to contact the office on the website or by calling (817) 294-8821.