Wednesday, September 9, 2015

The Cost of Missing School

As our children head back to school, it is important they do not become distracted by common dental aches and pains caused from untreated cavities. Although toothaches are common among school-age children, some toothaches need immediate attention.

Photo Courtesy Children's Dental Health Project

Children's Dental Health Project shares two common problems that missing school can cause:

  • Dental pain can lead to school absences. North Carolina children with poor oral health were nearly three times more likely to miss school due to dental pain. Such absences were linked to lower school performance.  
  • Students with toothaches may have lower GPAs. A Los Angeles study found that children with toothaches were four times more likely to have a low grade-point average. Children's dental problems also caused parents to lose an average of 2.5 days from work or school. 

If your child seems to be continually complaining of a toothache, please don't ignore her. It only takes a few minutes to swing by our office so we can take a look at what might be causing the pain. Listening to the cues our bodies give us is key to maintaining good oral health.

Call today if you have any questions about toothaches.
(541) 451-1440

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