The first day of school is always an important day. Regardless of how old your kids are, you want them to get the best education possible.
To do that, you want them to stay focused on their schoolwork and give their best effort in the classroom and at home. Eliminating distractions can be invaluable in that regard. This is one of the reasons we hope you will schedule a back-to-school dental checkup at our Beverly, MA dentist office.
Good oral health is important for more than just picture day. Oral health problems can interfere with your kids’ ability to succeed in school, but they are problems that can be prevented or fixed. A little help from Martins Dental Partners can go a long way. Call 978-288-1946 to make your appointment soon.
Poor Oral Health Can Become An Obstacle
Students in the United States lose 51 hours of school annually because of dental problems, according to the American Dental Association. The Children’s Dental Health Project also has shared some important data on this issue. About 14 percent of 6 to 12 years olds reported having a toothache in the previous six months. Another study found that kids are four times more likely to have low grades if they have oral health issues.
It’s pretty easy to imagine why that could affect a student sitting in a desk.
A painful tooth may leave a child unwilling or unable to bite and chew well. This could result in skipping meals or only eating very little. That can affect the child’s energy and ability to focus. Even if that isn’t a concern, the pain itself can become a distraction when a teacher is sharing information or assigning a task.
Our main point is that toothaches can make education more difficult for a child.
Get Ahead Of The Curve
At our family dentistry, preventive care is the foundation of what we do.
It why we encourage all of our patients to develop a good oral hygiene routine. This starts at home with your daily habits. Brush your teeth twice daily. Then floss at least once per day to remove bacteria, food particles, and plaque from between your teeth.
Professional dental cleanings and exams should be part of your family’s routine as well. By scheduling regular appointments at our Beverly, MA dentist office, you can greatly reduce your risk of tooth decay. Cleanings remove plaque and tartar buildup. Your exams are when we discover problems in the early stages, so they can be treated quickly and correctly.
For a little extra credit and added protection, ask how you can get fluoride treatments and dental sealants. Fluoride makes teeth stronger and more resilient against harmful bacteria. Sealants coat the teeth to create a kind of shield that bacteria must break through before they could harm your smile.
You don’t want to get a call a few weeks or a month from now from your child’s school saying they are in the nurse’s office because of a painful tooth.