July 31, 2021
Although summer is still in full swing, back-to-school season is just around the corner. To avoid the stressful last-minute scramble for all of their supplies, start the process of preparing now! While charging up their laptop, buying new clothes, and organizing all of their stuff is important, there is one crucial “to-do” that parents often forget: scheduling their child’s dental checkup and cleaning. Keep reading to learn about the important link between oral health and academic success.
The Link Between Oral Health and Academic Success
At first, there may not seem to be much of a link between oral health and academic success. However, years of extensive research say otherwise. In fact, children struggling with dental issues, like cavities, were more likely to have problems at school, miss days, and not complete all of their required work. These children showed signs of reduced psychosocial well-being too, exhibiting shyness, unhappiness, feelings of worthlessness, and reduced friendliness.
Back-to-School Season Oral Health Tips
Now that you know all about the importance of good oral health heading into the school year, here are a few ways you can set your child up for success:
- Get back into brushing & flossing regularly – Over the summer, your child may have let their oral hygiene routine fall to the side between vacations, sleepovers with friends, and all the other fun activities that come with summer. However, it’s important to help them get back into the habit of brushing for two full minutes at least twice a day and flossing daily again. If they are old enough, they should also be rinsing with mouthwash to help prevent plaque buildup and dental problems like gum disease.
- Schedule their dental checkup & cleaning – A solid brushing and flossing routine is a good first step, but no dental care regimen is complete without bi-yearly checkups and cleanings. These routine appointments play a crucial role in catching dental problems, like cavities, in the early stages. Plus, removing built-up plaque and cleaning the hard-to-reach areas of their mouth will prevent issues from developing in the future.
- Pack mouth-healthy lunches – Remember, the food you pack in your child’s lunch will sit on their teeth for the rest of the day. So, while it may be tempting to include all of their favorite sugary drinks and snacks, you must resist! Instead, provide them with a well-balanced meal that includes protein, fiber, and dairy. For something sweet, include some fresh fruit.
Setting your child up for a successful school year is what back-to-school season is all about. So, help your child start the semester on the right foot by scheduling their dental checkup and cleaning sooner rather than later!
About the Author
It was Dr. Majid Sharolli’s own experience as a child that sparked his initial interest in the field of dentistry. Going without preventive care for many years led to many hours in his dentist’s treatment chair as a teenager. Years later, he earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. Now, he has 20+ years of experience helping patients of all ages restore and maintain their healthy, happy smiles. If you’d like to learn more about children’s dentistry or it’s time for your child’s six-month checkup and cleaning, don’t hesitate to visit his website or give him a call at 940-322-5297.
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