By Dr. Scott Thompson, DDS, Winning With Smiles
A recent nationwide study published in Pediatrics demonstrated a significant correlation
with reductions in school performance and psychosocial well-being. Children with dental problems were more likely to have problems at school and to miss school, and were less likely to do all required homework. Dental problems were associated with shyness, unhappiness, feeling of worthlessness, and reduced friendliness. The effects of dental problems on unhappiness and feeling of worthlessness were largest for adolescents between 15 and 17 years.
Preventing and treating dental problems and improving dental health may benefit child academic achievement and cognitive and psychosocial development.
A reminder to start early. The first tooth deserves a dental home. If you are going to prevent tooth decay, you have to start before the decay starts.