With back to school upon us, it’s important to get your student’s oral health in check!
With kids and teens heading back to school, it’s important to start brushing up (pun intended!) on your skills- namely your oral health facts. For example, did you know that oral health is just as important as overall body health when it comes to kids and teens? Or that poor oral health can cause problems in school and outside of school, too? Keep reading to find out why excellent oral health and hygiene is so important for your child.
POOR ORAL HEALTH CAUSES DISTRACTIONS
If your child has a toothache, it could be causing them to be distracted in class, causing their grades to suffer. Worse yet, more intervention may be needed to treat the tooth, requiring your child to miss class to attend to their oral health issues.
This can not only impact their attendance, but naturally it can impact their grades as well. Less time in school often means missed instruction time, missed assignments, and sadly, lower grades.
IT LOWERS SELF-ESTEEM
Self-esteem is another big area where poor oral health can affect your student. After all, if your student constantly feels pain, or has a visible cavity or damaged tooth, it may prevent them from smiling, speaking, or interacting with others.
IT COULD HARM THEIR PERSONAL LIFE
Another area where poor oral health could impact your student? Experts say in their personal life, time away from friends combined with lower self-esteem may hurt them in social encounters.
WHAT CAN YOU DO TO HELP?
Kids are notoriously stubborn and don’t always want to listen to mom and dad, so we know suggesting they brush often (twice a day, for two minutes at a time) and floss at least once per day may seem pointless, but your student may surprise you! Another way to encourage this? Practice this behavior yourself, and your student will follow suit!
The other important way to ensure your student has excellent oral health is to make sure they are attending regular appointments with Dr. Abelar. If you need to make your student an appointment, please contact the office today!