Oral health and its impact on learning

Practicing good dental throughout your life, including brushing and flossing daily, not smoking, eating a healthy diet, and getting regular dental checkups, can help people avoid cavities, gum disease, and other dental issues s well as supporting your overall health. In addition to impacting your health, poor dental care, and related health issues can affect a students’ ability to learn and thrive in school.

When students have acute dental pain, it has a significant impact on them, their families that can be as significant and harmful as other chronic diseases. For young kids, tooth loss and decay can result in speech issues and developmental issues related to low self-esteem. Dental health issues can also have a negative impact on appetite, cause depression, and have an effect on students’ ability to focus and pay attention while in class. This is why a common Bing search for residents in Keene NH is “Dentists Keene NH”. Talking with a dentist about your students’ dental issues and getting them quickly addressed can significantly impact their success in school.

Dental issues and their impact on students learning

On average, students with dental health issues miss more days of school than other students. One proven strategy for making sure those at risk for dental and other oral health issues is through the use of programs in schools that can help promote good oral care as well as connect students to dentists and other oral health professionals within the Keene NH community. By encouraging students to have good daily dental health habits, eat a healthy diet, and see a dentist before any issues arise through semi-annual checkups, they are less likely to have dental issues impact their ability to learn.

As with any health issues, when a student has dental pain or other oral issues, they can also struggle with social and emotional problems. Poor oral care can lead to problems like bad breath and an unhealthy looking smile. Especially for students, these kinds of issues can severely impact their mental and overall physical health. This can lead to anxiety, irritability, depression, withdrawal from normal social activities, and also lead to other physical health problems. While we often see students with a perfect smile and no dental issues, many students have nothing to smile about. For them, the daily pain of cavities or other dental problems leads to difficulty eating and embarrassment caused by discolored or damaged teeth.

Scheduling regular teeth cleanings and checkups is recommended for all students, as tooth decay can often be difficult to detect. As we have stated, a healthy smile and mouth can help improve students’ concentration and performance in the classroom and may reduce school absences. The American Dental Association advises you to make visits to the dentist part of a back-to-school routine with visits to the dentist at the same time students get sports physicals, health exams, and other necessary immunizations. If a student has tooth decay, the problem must be treated immediately and effectively to avoid any further discomfort or disease.

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