The Smile of Your Child Can Influence Lifetime Success
Inadequate oral health has a harmful influence on kids’ overall health and wellness.
Anxiousness and depression in kids can be the reaction to a poor self-image and confidence caused by dental issues, which include chipped, broken, or missing teeth, dark or stained teeth, or soreness in the mouth because of caries (cavities) or gingivitis (gum disease). The long-term effect of this situation for your child might be getting into a cycle of low grades and, in some children’s cases, being denied higher education or training in the career they want down the road after high school.
As surprising as it seems, for kids, cavities are a frequent problem which starts from a young age. Tooth decay affects in excess of one-fifth of U.S. kids ages 2-4 years, half of kids ages 6-8, and almost 60% of kids age 15 and up, as per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Low-income kids are hardest hit: around one-third have untreated decay. Neglecting dental disease might result in discomfort, oral dysfunction, missing school days, being undernourished, and having an inadequate visual appeal — problems that can greatly decrease a child’s ability to succeed in life.
Dental issues have an impact on kids’ capability to connect through conversation and, also, nonverbally. Comfortable interaction with peers and instructors is extremely important to succeeding in school. If they are self conscious because of their smile, they could be constantly covering up their own mouth using their hands, be afraid to smile, or be reluctant to speak for anxiety about displaying their teeth when they speak in class. All of these traits, resulting from bad oral health, may negatively influence the child’s school performance and attendance.
Dr. Peck warns, “A common error that I observe parents making with their kids’ oral health is to come to the conclusion that baby teeth don’t need attention.” he explains, “Your child will still have baby teeth up until they are in fourth grade. Tooth decay and pain in a baby tooth can be horrible for a child if the problem is not remedied.” Going further, Dr. Peck says, “Moms and dads are always telling me that their child kept the cavity and resulting pain to themselves. I explain that if mom and dad don’t value dental care for baby teeth, the child may come to believe that they shouldn’t bring it up and so they tell themselves to suffer quietly.”
The remedy would be to bring your little one for an oral health examination at Dr. Peck’s office in Cincinnati by their 3rd birthday, and every six months thereafter.
Whose to say? Maybe practicing dentistry is in their future.