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Fred H. Peck, DDS, AAACD
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“A Tradition of Excellence
In Dentistry for 3 Generations”

The Smile of Your Child Can Impact Lifetime Success

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Poor oral health provides a negative effect on kids’ overall health and wellness.

Anxiety and depression in kids could be the consequence of an undesirable self-image and confidence due to dental problems, which include cracked, broken, or absent teeth, dark or discolored teeth, or soreness in the mouth resulting from cavities or gingivitis (gum disease). If that continues in their school years, they might be looking at chronically receiving below average report card scores and, possibly, missing the cut for higher education or training in the career they want when they graduate from high school.

It might come as a surprise to you, but, for children, cavities are a frequent issue which begins from a young age. Tooth decay is affecting over one-fifth of U.S. kids ages 2-4 years, 50% of those ages 6-8, and just about 60% of those age 15 and up, as per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Low-income kids are most hit: about one-third have untreated decay. Neglecting cavities can cause discomfort, oral dysfunction, absence from school, being undernourished, and having a poor appearance — issues that can greatly reduce a child’s capacity to flourish in life.

Dental problems affect kids’ capability to connect through conversation and, also, nonverbally. Comfortable interaction with peers and instructors is extremely important to succeeding in school. If perhaps they are embarrassed by their smile, they may be constantly covering up their own mouth using their hands, be afraid to smile, or be reluctant to speak for anxiety about showing their smile when they speak during class. All of these traits, resulting from bad dental health, can negatively influence the child’s school results and attendance.

Dr. Peck warns, “A significant mistake I observe parents making with their children’s dental health is to somehow believe that baby teeth don’t count.” he explains, “A child’s adult teeth haven’t all come in until they are 9-10 years old, if you don’t count the wisdom teeth. Dental disease and pain in a baby tooth can be overwhelming for a child if the problem is not fixed by a dentist.” Going further, Dr. Peck says, “Quite a few parents try to explain 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 not know why, but they tell themselves to suffer quietly.”

The solution would be to bring your little one for an oral health assessment at Dr. Peck’s office in Cincinnati by their third birthday, and every six months after that.

Whose to say? They might end up going to dental school just like Dr. Peck did.