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Painful Teeth Can Have Effect in the Classroom
“Do your teeth hurt?” It’s not a question one expects to hear from a teacher trying to troubleshoot poor academic performance, but perhaps it ought to be.
Here at Serenity Smile Designs located in Egg Harbor Township, South Jersey, we recognize that along with school supply check lists, every parent should also have health check lists—most importantly, the dentist!
Each year more than 50 million school hours are lost by students whose dental-related illnesses cause them to stay home or seek professional care. In cases where pain is not intense enough to keep children out of school, it might still distract them in the classroom.
Poor oral health is a very real distraction and can cause some children to have a difficult time participating or concentrating in the classroom.
With a new school year approaching in South Jersey, Dr. Erik Mendelsohn urges parents and other caregivers to help children maintain good oral health. Along with promoting the basics of dental hygiene such as brushing after every meal and flossing daily, he also suggests parents think about scheduling that next regular dental checkup at Serenity Smile Designs for their kids.
In between visits to the Serenity Smile Designs, caregivers should also monitor children’s oral health or changes in behavior that might signify pain or discomfort.
EHT Dentist explains that poor oral health is a very real distraction and can cause some children to have a difficult time participating or concentrating in the classroom.
Parents should regularly check children’s mouths for any signs of concern. They should look to see whether gums are bleeding, swollen or bright red. Persistent bad breath or gums that have receded from the teeth could also be signs of oral infection. Such signs warrant a discussion or appointment with Dr Erik Mendelsohn.
Packing healthy lunches and limiting the consumption of sugary beverages can also help parents prevent problems associated with childhood tooth decay.
Untreated dental diseases can cause chewing problems, which in turn could restrict a child’s ability to get all the necessary nutrients from food. Left untreated, cavities, gum disease or other oral infections might not only distract students in class, but could eventually impair speech development and even hinder social development.
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