Well, the days are getting shorter now as summer vacation winds down. You know what that means, right? It’s time for back-to-school season! Parents will start helping their kids get backpacks, pencils, and notebooks for the coming school year. However, there’s more than one way to give your child an academic edge. As it turns out, research shows better oral health could elevate their school performance. To learn more, here’s a summary of the matter from your children’s dentist in Dublin.
Why Do Good Teeth Lead to Good Grades?
According to a 2012 study published by The Journal of Pediatrics, dental issues distract kids from schoolwork. In particular, they’re associated with classroom problems, missed school days, and skipping homework. Oral health conditions can also cause low moods that sap motivation to study and learn.
Based on these findings, the study’s authors concluded that preventing and treating poor dental hygiene can help kids’ academic and cognitive development.
Back-to-School Oral Health Tips
If you want your child to avoid the tooth-and-gum issues that conflict with school, help keep their mouths clean. To that end, consider practicing the tips below:
Set Your Child’s Oral Care Routine
Before school starts in earnest, get your child used to a regular oral care routine. More specifically, make sure they brush their teeth twice daily, floss once daily, and rinse as needed with mouthwash.
At least when starting out, have your kid stick to this routine for a whole year. That way, they’ll make it a habit like dressing in the morning or putting on PJs at night.
Pack Mouth-Healthy School Lunches
Remember, sugary foods react with mouth bacteria to create enamel-eroding acid. You’ll want to avoid putting such things in their school lunches.
Instead, pack your child’s lunch with items high in protein, fiber, and dairy. Some good examples of the latter include meats, cheese, and fresh fruits.
Make Brushing Their Teeth Fun
To keep your child motivated when brushing their teeth, have them pick out their own toothbrush and other supplies. Not only will this choice empower them, but it’ll also help them feel more excited about home oral care.
A good example would be letting your kid use a toothbrush with a special character or light-up display. Such a tool would be entertaining for most children.
While the back-to-school season is mainly associated with new classes and subjects, adding dental care to the mix would be a good idea. That way, your child’s smile will contribute to strong academic success.
About the Author
Dr. Eric Buck is a dentist based in Dublin, OH, having earned his DDS from Ohio State University’s College of Dentistry. He’s also a visiting faculty member at Spear Dental Education, where he teaches dental photography and other oral health concerns. His specialties are preventive, cosmetic, and restorative dentistry, not to mention dental emergencies. Dr. Buck currently practices at Distinctive Smiles and is reachable at his website or by phone at (614)-792-1800.