The new school year will soon be underway, and you’re looking for any positive edge you can find to boost your child’s performance. You may be surprised to learn that effective dental care could play a significant role. As you continue reading, your children’s dentist explains the little-known connection between oral health and academic achievement, and how beneficial a dental visit can be!
It’s Backed by Science
In an article published in PubMed, researchers concluded that “preventing and treating dental problems and improving dental health may benefit child academic achievement and cognitive and psychological development.”
Their research revealed that students with poor dental health were more prone to demonstrate the following characteristics:
- To be less likely to complete assigned homework on time
- To be more prone to have behavioral problems at school
- To be prone to school absences, missing – on average – one more day per year than their peers
Thankfully, placing a priority on dental hygiene and working with a local dentist can lead to big improvements.
How to Set New Trends
The best time to develop and implement a back-to-school strategy is during the summer. It’s hard enough for children to adjust to new teachers, classes and sometimes, a new school. The last thing you want is to add to their stress levels. By taking action now, there’s a better chance of having a successful outcome.
Here’s what you can do:
Establish a Back-to-School Schedule Now
While your child may not be excited about waking up a little earlier during the last days of summer, this is the perfect time to place him or her on a back-to-school schedule. Therefore, brushing and flossing in the morning and at night before going to bed won’t be a shock when the school year gets underway.
Create Excitement Around Toothbrushing
Does your child have a favorite superhero-heroine or television star? If so, take a shopping trip to your local retailer to purchase a toothbrush, toothpaste and other supplies that feature the personality. This can help tremendously in encouraging kids to anticipate and properly perform their dental hygiene.
Like most parents, you stay busy and on-the-go trying to make sure that everything is in order for your family. Still, it’s important to eke out some time to monitor your child’s dental hygiene habits. Therefore, if there are any bad traits developing, you can nip them in the bud before they become permanent. The extra attention you devote to your child’s oral health now will pay off later.
Set Up a Dental Appointment Now
There is help available in your quest to boost your child’s oral health and learning. By contacting your local dentist to schedule an end-of-summer visit, you can have the peace-of-mind of knowing your child is starting the new school year on the “right foot.” With excellent at-home dental care and attentive family dentistry serving as the foundation, this could be the most productive year yet!
About the Author
Dr. L. King Scott is a graduate of the Louisiana State University School of Dentistry. Throughout a career that has spanned nearly 40 years, he has been an active learner, taking over 2,500 hours of continued education, earning him the Lifelong Service and Recognition Award from the Academy of General Dentistry. Dr. Scott helps his younger patients get ready for school by providing careful and thorough end-of-summer dental checkups at his private practice, and he can be reached for more information or to schedule a visit through his website.