As this year’s National Children’s Dental Health Month draws to a close (incidentally, February is also National Pet Dental Month; we leave you to draw your own conclusions), here are a few facts from a study on the relationship of oral health, school attendance and performance recently published in the American Journal of Public Health:
Kids with poor oral health were 3x more likely to miss school because of dental pain.
Kids who missed school because of dental pain tended to do worse in school than kids who did not.
Kids who missed school for routine care showed no drop in academic performance.
These findings suggest that improving children’s oral health status may be a vehicle to enhancing their educational experience.
All the more reason to teach your kids good dental hygiene at home and make sure they see a dentist regularly for exams and cleanings.