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.

The takeaway?

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.

2 responses to “Dental Health Affects How Kids Do in School”

  1. Joy says:

    I read on this Mom’s Guide ( that not only is kids’ dental health important for the reasons mentioned about but that is also affects overall health and can even result in death. There are many clinics out there that offer free or discounted services, especially for kids. It makes me want to be more vigilant about helping care for my own son’s teeth. Thanks for the info!

  2. Whiter Teeth Naturally says:

    This information is very true. When i was young my mother would call me out of school for tooth aches. I believe that dental hygiene should be emphasized to younger children. A healthy mouth can also affect the over all health of a person. Keep those teeth clean!

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