Labor Day is right around the corner, which means school will soon be back in session. When you are putting together your back-to-school list this year, scheduling a dental appointment for your child may not automatically come to mind. However, tooth decay is the most common chronic disease for children ages 6 to 19, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. So, in addition to buying new pencils, folders and crayons, be sure to have your son or daughter’s teeth examined by a dentist this summer. As this blog post will explain, a healthy mouth not only leads to happy smiles but can contribute to good grades as well.
How Good Grades are Connected to Healthy Teeth
If your child has a healthy mouth they are more likely to smile in the classroom and you will be more likely to smile when you read their report cards. That is because your child’s oral health can directly affect their performance in school. Toothaches and other dental pain can make it more difficult for your child to focus in class and may make them less likely to engage with the teacher and their classmates. Active participation is key to learning, especially for children, but poor oral health can get in the way.
If serious dental issues are not addressed early on, your child could end up missing out on some classes altogether. Each school year, children with dental diseases miss more than 50 million hours of school, according to the American Dental Association. Absenteeism due to dental pain or because urgent dental care is required can lead to a child falling behind their peers academically. Preventative checkups with a family dentist can help keep your child in the classroom by identifying and treating dental issues before they develop into more serious problems.
4 Ways to Keep Teeth Healthy at Home
Practicing good oral hygiene should not stop once you walk out of the doors of the dentist’s office. Here are 4 ways to help keep your kids’ teeth cavity-free in between dental checkups:
- Make sure your kids brush their teeth at least twice a day. They should brush for a full two minutes each morning and night after eating breakfast and dinner.
- Flossing at least once a day is key to helping prevent cavities from forming.
- Sugary snacks such as candy bars and popsicles can contribute to tooth decay. Try substituting fresh fruit, veggies, and cheeses for foods with high sugar levels whenever possible.
- If your kids enjoy chewing gum, offer them sugar-free varieties.
Following a good oral hygiene routine at home and visiting the dentist this summer can help ensure that your child will be smiling and ready to learn on the first day of school.
About the Practice
Lead by Dr. Tim Stirneman, the team at Compassionate Dental Care is dedicated to providing patients in Lake in the Hills with the highest quality care in a comfortable environment. Whether you need dental implants to fill in a gap in your smile or want to schedule a back-to-school checkup for your child, Compassionate Dental Care can service all your oral health needs. For more information, visit their website or call the office at +1 847-854-7645 today.