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Good Dental Hygiene Affects the Way Children Perform at School

August 3, 2015
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Posted By: Dr. Natasha

Dental care is becoming a highly necessary for school going children. Studies show that bad oral care can affect the rest of the body. Chronic medical problems can stem from moving bacteria due to bad dental hygiene.

Bad oral health is also linked to cardiovascular issues and truancy at school due to dental problems. Dr.Chad Gailbraith, of Galbraith Mountain Pediatric Dentistry, in Washington, says that there is a direct correlation between a child’s dental care and how well they perform at school. Children can often miss school because of dental neglect too.

The National Children’s Oral Health Foundation mentions, that approximately 17 million children in America go without dental care each year, and more than 25 percent of children aged 2 to 5, and 50 percent of those aged 12 to 15, suffer from tooth decay. Therefore it is reported that at least 51 million school hours are lost each year due to dental disease, leading to decreased productivity at school.

High level of fluoride in water is also to blame for increased decay and decalcification. Therefore it is highly necessary for parents to take preventative measures and take their kids to a good pediatric dentist for cleanings, on a regular basis.

Good oral hygiene, however should start at home, and as early as possible. It is necessary for younger kids to learn to brush their teeth regularly and properly and parents should facilitate dental care routines for their children until they are 7 or 8 years of age.  Home dental care should also be coupled with regular visits to a pediatric dentist, for regular cleanings to prevent tooth decay, as well as to educate children on taking care of their teeth from as early as 2 years of age.

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