From getting good grades to making new friends, school is hard enough for children without the added pain and worry of oral disease. Diseases of the mouth and bad oral hygiene affect the whole child, from physical health to mental and emotional wellbeing. But did you also know that oral disease has a major impact on school work and can cause some serious problems for students?
Here are three majors problems in school that are caused by oral diseases like tooth decay and gum disease.
1. Dental Pain Is a Major Distraction
Those children with poor oral health experience many instances of dental pain, from minuscule to excruciating pain. Even the slightest pain from sensitivity can take away from focus on school. These distractions can result in poor academic performance and low self-esteem. The National Children’s Oral Health Foundation states that dental pain caused by tooth decay can lead to dietary and speaking problems, and is an impediment to learning. Can you imagine sitting through class with a toothache or sore gums and remembering what you learned that day? With the constant distraction of pain, children could find it hard to remember and understand lessons, resulting in low grades and difficult experiences in school.
2. Oral Disease Can Result In Missing School Days
Missing out on school can lead to poor academic performance and lack of participation in school-related activities. According to a report by the U.S. Surgeon General on oral health in America, more than 51 million school hours per year are lost due to dental-related illnesses. Not only can this affect how your child engages in school socially, but low grades can also have a long-lasting impact on his or her life.
Poor academic performance and participation in school can lead to poor job performance in the future, the inability to obtain and keep employment, and possibly even problems in social engagements. These factors can directly influence your child’s success in life ,leading to lower income and a stressful life.
3. It Becomes Harder to Engage Socially in School
When your child misses out on school or is distracted from learning, it becomes harder to focus on other aspects of school. Being able to make friends and talk to teachers has a dramatic effect on academic performance. Many children are naturally anxious about social engagements in school. This shyness can lead to confusion in academic lessons, feeling alone, and feeling alienated from other children. This shyness and anxiety can be exacerbated by missing school or because of academic troubles.
Oral diseases can also lead to poor self-image and consequently low self-esteem because of how they affect physical appearance. Tooth decay can lead to unhealthy-looking teeth and even tooth loss if left untreated. It also results in bad breath, which can be a source of teasing for children. Teasing and bullying as a result of bad oral health are quite common in children who suffer from tooth decay. Being teased in school as a young child has far-reaching effects in social development and later life.
However, Oral Disease Is Completely Preventable
The effects of oral disease are wide and far-reaching. Not only does it cause problems in school, but it can also cause problems later on in life. Oral disease is completely preventable and easily treatable if caught early. Routine examinations and cleaning and good oral hygiene practices are essential measures to take to prevent oral disease in your child. When teeth are crowded or misaligned we can also help treat your child with as braces, which will have a positive effect on their self-image by bringing confidence to a beautiful smile. Oral disease doesn’t have to be a problem in your child’s life and you can help your child be proud of their smile by encouraging good oral hygiene. We are there for you as you help your child remain healthy and reach their potential in school.