Incoming Illinois Students Who Need Dental Exams

Posted on August 2, 2019 in Children’s Oral Health


family on couchParents of children in elementary, middle and high school are encouraged to schedule a dental appointment this summer before the school year begins. Illinois children going into kindergarten, second, sixth and ninth grades are required to get a dental exam. 

There is a connection between children’s oral health and their overall performance in school. Regular visits to the dentist can help detect potential problems before they start affecting your child’s attendance and grades.

Cavities and other dental problems can be a distraction in the classroom, making it difficult to participate and concentrate. Nationally, elementary and high school students miss an average of more than two days of school each year due to dental problems. In addition, students with recent tooth pain are four times more likely to have a grade point average below the median of 2.8.1,2 

Preventive measures taken during a regular dental exam include a teeth cleaning and check for cavities, gum disease and any unusual findings in the mouth or on the face and neck.

Regular preventive checkups can help you and your children stay on top of your oral and overall health. You don’t want oral health problems to get in the way of all the excitement in store for your child this coming school year. Don’t delay. Schedule a dental exam today.

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1 Colgate/American Dental Association, “Poor Oral Health Can Mean Missed School, Lower Grades,” https://www.colgate.com/en-us/oral-health/life-stages/childrens-oral-care/ada-08-poor-oral-health-can-mean-missed-school-lower-grades

2 Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC, https://dentistry.usc.edu/2012/08/10/poor-oral-health-can-mean-missed-school-lower-grades/