Performance and Pain
I don't know about you, but when I am in a meeting with a throbbing headache, it is hard to stay focused and alert. The pain blurs the information and I tend to bounce in and out of the meeting without ever actually grasping the message. For children, the distraction from tooth pain is the same.
In a new study by the Ostrow School of Dentistry at USC, tooth pain and school performance were evaluated. The study reported some startling results.
Kids who reported having recent tooth pain were found to be four times more likely to have a low grade point average—when compared to children without oral pain.
But poor oral health wasn't just connected to poor grades. Dental problems also seemed to cause more absences from school for kids and more missed work for parents.
In fact, the students missed more than 2 days due to dental problems. Also, parents missed an average of 2.5 days of work per year to care for children with dental problems.
Studies show that early preventive dental care like check-ups and cleanings can not only alleviate pain and suffering that can result from untreated oral health issues, but also future dental treatment costs. Teach your kids the importance of oral health – it affects so much more than just their smile.