There’s not much time left before students are back in classrooms for another school year.
But you still have time to schedule a dental cleaning and exam at Tulip Tree Dental Care.
When you are picking out clothes, buying new backpacks, and stocking up on school supplies, but sure to schedule a visit with us if you live in or near South Bend, IN.
Healthy Smiles Will Help Your Kids Stay In School
As a parent, you want your kids to get the best education possible. You also know that is more likely to happen if your kids stay in class.
And your kids are much more likely to stay in school if their mouths are healthy.
Every year, children across the United States miss 51 million hours of class time as a result of dental problems, according to the American Dental Association.
Another study found that kids with poor oral health were three times more likely to miss school than their classmates, the Children’s Dental Health Project reported.
Poor Oral Health Can Affect Grades, Too
Try to imagine being a kid sitting in a classroom with a toothache. You may not know what is happening or why, but you know your tooth hurts.
The pain can distract from what your teacher is saying. The pain may make it difficult to eat breakfast or lunch, and feeling hungry can add to your other problems.
If the pain gets bad enough, you may even wind up in the office rather than at your desk.
According to another study reported by the Children’s Dental Health Project, kids who reported recent toothaches were four times as likely as other students to have low grades.
And more research found that nationally 1 in 7 kids between the ages of 6 and 12 have reported a toothache in the past six months. That’s consistent with data from the Centers For Disease Control, which reported that roughly 1 in 5 students between the ages of 5 and 19 have untreated cavities.
You don’t want your kids to have tooth decay anytime, but having cavities when school is in session may interfere with their education.
Preventive Care Is The Key
The good news is that many of the problems mentioned above can be avoided if you and your family practice good preventive care.
This starts with a good daily oral hygiene routine.
Teach your kids to brush their teeth twice a day for two minutes each time. Using toothpaste with fluoride and a soft-bristled toothbrush, everyone in your family should scrub their teeth on all sides to remove as many bacteria and as much plaque as possible.
Teach your kids to floss every day, too. Brushing is an essential part of fighting cavities, but a toothbrush is not the best way to clean the spaces between teeth and gums.
If your kids can’t or won’t use dental floss, consider some other interdental cleaners. Flossers have short handles, which can make them more comfortable to use. Water flossers have been proven to be as effective as flossing when used correctly.
Bring your kids to our office for dental cleanings a few times each year. You are a parent, and you know your kids better than anyone. You are probably aware that your kids may not brush as well as they should every day.
A professional dental cleaning will remove plaque and tartar buildup that your kids may have missed. A professional exam gives us a chance to find problems early, when they can be treated easily (and less expensively).
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