You do everything possible to help your kids find personal success. And making sure they see the dentist regularly could be even more important than you realize. Not just because you’re preventing cavities - the ramifications of healthy teeth echo throughout children’s lives, impacting their confidence, happiness, and even their academic performance.
Cavities and other dental problems are the number one cause of school absences. And the more days your child misses, the harder it is for them to catch up with their classmates. Frequent illness can lead to the kind of academic difficulties that have a significant impact on grades and on the learning process.
February was National Children’s Dental Health Month, but we feel that this makes March is an even more valuable time to reflect on kids’ oral health. Now that the special month is over, make sure that you’re living year-round with a focus on your children’s healthy teeth. They need your help to thrive, and regular exams are a big step. Keep reading to learn more about how staying cavity-free will help your kids, both in the classroom and out.
How Oral Health Affects Kids’ Lives
There’s a lot more involved with a cavity than temporary pain and a resulting filling, especially if cavities are commonplace during childhood. Your kids will struggle if they experience frequent decay. Problems may include any of the following:
Long-Term Ramifications of Healthy Teeth During Childhood
Cavities impact your child’s life, plain and simple. In addition to causing school absences, dental caries influence kids’ ability to learn by distracting them from their goals. The pain associated with cavities can cause poor sleep, which impacts concentration. Untreated decay can also lead to nutritional issues because the child is unable to chew crunchier fruit and vegetables, or get a well-rounded diet.
We build the way we approach our world while we’re young. Make sure your children are feeling confident, getting a great education, and establishing healthy tooth growth by scheduling their regular dental exams.