As an adult it is easy to think of missing your dental appointment as a minor mishap that can be easily corrected and rescheduled. For children, however, the problem is more severe. While kids do not particularly love visiting their dentist, they benefit from these appointments nonetheless. Failing to recognize the importance of regular preventive dental care for kids can have serious consequences on their oral health and quality of life.
Oral Health and Academic Performance
The American Journal for Public Health published a study showing that child who has good oral health is three times less likely than those with poor oral health to miss one or more school days due to dental pain. Unlike absences attributed to preventive dental care, absences caused by oral pain have been linked to a decline in academic performance. Clearly, dental exams and teeth cleanings from a pediatric dentist are just as important for children as they are for adults.
Impact of Oral Health on Overall Health
If you have ever had a toothache, you know how difficult it is to eat healthy foods like crisp fruits and vegetables. Now, think about what it might be like to be a kid with a painful tooth. Many parents find that getting their children to partake in nutritious foods is a challenge in its own right, especially given the popularity of unhealthy alternatives like chips and other junk foods. A non-nutritious diet increases risk of obesity and diabetes while decreasing energy levels and performance.
Kids’ Teeth and Self-Esteem
Although children are not as prone to preening as, say, teenagers, they are nonetheless aware of how their appearance is perceived by others. Stained, chipped, or otherwise damaged teeth can be embarrassing to young children, as can oral health concerns like cavities and bad breath. A healthy smile gives young children a much-needed boost of confidence, helping them feel comfortable socializing with friends, classmates, and adults.
About Your San Fernando Valley Dentists
To learn more about pediatric and preventive dentistry at A New Smile Dental Group, contact us at (818) 897-5771. Our San Fernando Valley location serves patients living in Pacoima, Granada Hills, Van Nuys, Sherman Oaks, and the surrounding communities.