Don't Let An Oral Health Concern Effect Your Child's School Performance

Posted on: 14 July 2016

In many parts of the country the countdown to the start of the new school year has already begun. If you're the parent of a school-age child, it goes without saying that you're probably getting uniforms, school supplies and other things your child will need for school. Don't forget about their oral health. Did you know that your child's oral health can have an effect on their experience at school? Children with poor oral health often suffer a number of negative consequences at school.


Oral health and confidence go hand-in-hand. When a dental concern effects the appearance of your teeth, your confidence is affected and children aren't any different. When children don't feel confident, they are often less likely to engage when the teacher asks questions or even with other students in the class.

This engagement is a fundamental part of the learning process. Certain oral health concerns, including severe decay, can surface cosmetically. Whether the child has a discolored tooth or a silver cap, this can make them less comfortable with their appearance, affecting their confidence in the classroom.


Attendance is another important component in a child's academic experience. Regular attendance has a direct impact on a child's achievement in school. After all, being at school is how you actually learn. The more school a child misses, the greater the risk for academic concerns like poor grades or failure.

The reality is that children with poor oral health are also at an elevated risk when it comes to their attendance at school. Children with poor oral health are three times more likely to miss school than a child who doesn't have oral health concerns.

Taking Action

As a parent, you are your child's biggest advocate. You have the power to set your child on the best course of action. Make sure you are taking action to help your child avoid these concerns. Accomplishing this begins with regular oral care at home as well as at the dentist's office, but it doesn't stop here.

You can also further your efforts by preparing meals at home and sending your child to school with food options that are healthier and that promote good oral health. Avoid overly sugary drinks, candies, cookies, and chips and replace these selections with better choices like fresh carrots, yogurt, and apples.

Make sure you are sending your child to school with the greatest chance of success. If you need more information or assistance, talk to your family dentist today.