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Toothaches blamed for bad grades - duh!

Aug 21, 2012

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Can you believe it’s already back to school time? Yes, it’s late August, when a young person’s thoughts turn to making the grade – socially and academically.

A recent University of Southern California study claims that the state of a child’s oral health can affect their grades and school attendance.

Researchers from the Ostrow School of Dentistry at USC studied close to 1,500 elementary and high school students from social and economically disadvantaged homes in the Los Angeles Unified School District. The study found that children with recent tooth pain were four times more likely to have a grade point average below the median GPA of 2.8.

The study said that elementary children missed 2.1 days due to dental problems, and high school students missed 2.3 days. Parents missed 2.5 days of work annually to care for children with dental problems.

Prior to the study the dental school studies found that 73 percent of disadvantaged kids in LA had cavities.

None of these results are surprising since health issues often result in kids missing school. Likewise, grades are also likely to suffer until a student receives treatment for a painful condition like a toothache or swollen jaw.

Consider the USC study just another reason to make sure kids brush daily, avoid excessive amounts of sugar and have regular dental visits.

Last week Dental Wire reported on a national campaign involving Madison Avenue and over 30 dental groups joining forces on a huge kids’ oral campaign called More recently Dental Insurance Store posted a link to a YouTube video on Facebook about the Oregon Dental Association’s “Teach Me How to Brushy” campaign.

Long before the Internet, smart phones and satellite TV there was an adage that said, “Prevention is nine-tenths the cure.” When it comes to your oral health, this adage is as applicable as ever.

Sources: Parenting, UPI

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