Brushing and flossing do more than prevent cavities. Did you know it can benefit your child’s academic performance as well? It’s true – recent studies show that children with poor oral health are significantly associated with reduced school performance. Learn more about this relationship and a few tips to help set your child up for academic success this school year.
How Does Oral Health Affect Academic Performance?
Everyone knows that maintaining good oral health is critical to prevent dental problems, such as decay, cavities, and even gum disease. However, it may surprise you to learn that a healthy smile can benefit other aspects of your life as well.
A recent study discovered that dental problems were significantly associated with reductions in academic performances and psychosocial well-being. Additionally, a report from the Office of the Surgeon General notes that more than 51 million school hours are lost each year to dental-related conditions.
In a nutshell, encouraging your child to take good care of their teeth can keep them from missing school and experiencing psychosocial effects.
Back-to-School Oral Hygiene Tips
Help your child maintain good oral health with these back-to-school tips:
Establish a Routine
Establishing an oral hygiene routine is extremely important, especially for younger children. You can help your child stick to the routine by encouraging them to brush and floss at the same time every day. Eventually, they’ll adopt these practices as a regular part of their day!
Make Brushing Fun
Children may need some help finding the motivation to brush their teeth. Luckily, toothbrushes that light up, play music, or have a fun character on them can make them excited to brush! Next time you’re at the grocery store, have your child pick out their own toothbrush, toothpaste, and other dental care essentials.
Pack Tooth-Friendly Lunches
While it may seem easier to pack a lunch for your child that’s full of sugary snacks and drinks, these foods can have a lasting effect on their smile. Bacteria like to feed on these sugars and starches, creating harmful acids that damage your child’s teeth. Instead, consider filling their lunch bag with nutritious foods, such as deli meat, wheat bread, cheese, pretzels, nuts, and fresh fruits and vegetables.
Schedule Dental Checkups
The beginning of the school year is a perfect time to schedule a dental visit! A cleaning and exam allow your dentist to spot or prevent any issues that can become severe complications down the line. And, as mentioned earlier, ensuring your child’s oral health is in optimal condition can benefit their academic performance.
As you can see, the best way to set your child up for academic success is with a healthy smile. By following these tips, you can help your little one spend more time in school – not in a dental office!
About the Practice
At Cornerstone Family Dental, we offer comprehensive, personalized, and high-quality services to patients of all ages. Whether it is a children’s checkup or a complete smile makeover, we can do it all under one roof! Make sure your child’s smile is ready for the school year by scheduling a visit via our website or call (208) 356-4240.