How Good Oral Health Will Help Your Child’s Academic Performance

August 1, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — drfossum @ 12:11 am
Student smiling in the classroom.

Back-to-school season is finally upon us, and you’re probably thinking about how you can contribute to your child’s academic success this year. Your child’s education matters, and their oral health actually plays a large role in their performance in the classroom! But how is oral health linked with a child’s education? Keep reading to learn more from your dentist in Temple about this connection and some tips to set your child up for a successful school year.

The Link Between Oral Health & Academic Success

After analyzing roughly 40,000 students, researchers at the National Library of Medicine found a very observable link between oral health and academic success. Those students with dental problems or poor oral health were significantly more likely to not only miss school, but also have problems in the classroom and struggled to complete all of their required work. Additionally, the students were negatively affected by some of the psychological consequences of poor dental health, including embarrassment, lowered self-confidence, and feelings of worthlessness that negatively affected their academic performance. Conversely, students with healthy smiles exhibited growth and development in the classroom and in social situations.

Helpful Oral Health Tips for the New School Year

With a little knowledge and the proper hygiene practices, you can ensure that your child’s smile is white and bright this school year—which will pay off come report card time! Keep these tips in mind:

  • Enforce an effective oral hygiene regimen – Make sure that your child is brushing their teeth twice a day, ideally with a soft bristled toothbrush. Also encourage flossing and the use of an antibacterial mouthwash.
  • Schedule regular dental visits – Biannual checkups and cleanings give your child’s dentist the chance to remove stubborn plaque and tartar buildup, in addition to detecting and treating underlying problems. A visit before the start of the school year can go a long way!
  • Encourage sports safety – Mouth injuries aren’t uncommon during children’s sports and games, so encourage the use of a mouthguard to help prevent serious dental emergencies.
  • Provide a healthy diet for your child – Encourage your child to make healthy choices when it’s time for them to eat; have them opt for hearty fruits and vegetables, lean proteins, complex carbs, and plenty of water instead of processed, sugary, and starchy items.

No matter how old your child is, their education is important—and knowing the impact that their oral health can have on it means that good dental hygiene is more important than ever! Don’t hesitate to help your child get their oral health back on track this school year.

About the Practice

Fossum Dental Group proudly serves patients and families in the Temple, TX area under the leadership of Dr. Richard Fossum and Dr. Courtney Grosskopf. The practice is pleased to offer several available services including preventive, cosmetic, restorative options and more. If you have any questions about the article or would like to schedule an appointment for you or a loved one, don’t hesitate to contact the practice online or by phone: (254) 778-3900.

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