Learning new vocabulary words, practicing multiplication tables, or reading about history is exceedingly difficult when you have a throbbing toothache. Many children struggle in school because the constant discomfort of poor dental health distracts them from learning. Academic excellence and proper dental hygiene have long-term and far-reaching benefits, so why not set your child up for both by scheduling them for a dentist’s appointment before the school year starts? Read on to learn more from your trusted pediatric dentist about how oral health can affect a student’s grades.
You Can’t Be in School During a Dentist’s Appointment
The first part of learning is showing up, so lost school days can take a toll on your child’s studies. The average child misses about six days of school a year with two of those being due to dental issues. This can also cut into a parent’s work schedule because a child will need a ride and a guardian present during their dental appointment. In fact, parents miss an average of 2.5 days of work yearly due to their children’s dental issues. Scheduling a dentist’s appointment for your child at the end of summer can keep them in class by preventing many dental problems that might strike while school is in session.
Your Child Might Not Be Able to Explain Their Dental Trouble
A child might not tell their parents that they are experiencing a dental problem. Some children might be scared that they would get in trouble if their parents learned they haven’t been brushing enough. Other children might not even realize that their discomfort has anything to do with their teeth. If your child goes to a dentist’s office before the school year begins, a dentist can monitor your child’s oral health, detect any problems, and help them understand the necessity of good oral hygiene.
Your Dentist Can Provide a Mouthguard for Sports
Sports are a great source of exercise and lessons in teamwork, but some of them have a troubled record with dental health. Games like soccer, football, hockey, and baseball all involve a lot of powerful movements, and some nasty dental injuries can happen if a ball or an elbow makes hard contact with the mouth. Luckily, your dentist can provide your child with a custom-fitted mouthguard that can protect their smile from sports injuries.
A healthy mind needs a healthy body, so your dentist is just as important to your child’s academic success as their teachers. Scheduling a dental appointment before the school year starts can smooth out the road of education while providing your child with a lovely smile for the journey.
About the Author
Dr. Angela Courtney earned her Doctor of Dental Surgery from the Ohio State University College of Dentistry before completing post-graduate coursework at the Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies. She serves as a member of the American Dental Association, the Ohio Dental Association, and the Columbus Dental Society. Her practice offers general, cosmetic, restorative, emergency, and pediatric dentistry. If you are interested in scheduling your child for a dental appointment before the new school year, contact her online or dial (614) 451-7393.