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

The Lifetime Earnings Of Your Child Can Be A Result of His or Her Smile

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Poor dental health has a negative influence on kids’ general health and well being.

Anxiousness and depression in children can be the consequence of a poor self-image and confidence due to dental issues, such as chipped, broken, or absent teeth, dark or discolored teeth, or soreness in the mouth due to cavities or gum disease. The result of these conditions for the child could be getting into a cycle of substandard report card scores and, as has happened to more than one child, not being accepted for higher education or training in the career they want after high school.

This seems crazy in this day and age, however, for kids, cavities are a prevalent problem that starts at an early age. Tooth decay affects in excess of one-fifth of U.S. children ages 2-4 years, half of kids ages 6-8, and almost 60 percent of those age 15 and up, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Low-income children are most hit: around a third have neglected decay. Untreated cavities could cause pain, oral dysfunction, absence from school, being undernourished, and having an inadequate appearance — problems that can greatly cut down a child’s capacity to succeed in life.

Dental issues influence kids’ capability to communicate through conversation and, also, nonverbally. Comfortable interaction with peers and instructors is extremely important to succeeding in school. If they’re self conscious because of their smile, they might be constantly covering up their own mouth using their hands, hesitate to smile, or be too ashamed to speak for fear of showing their smile while they talk during class. All of these attributes, because of bad oral health, can negatively impact the child’s school performance and attendance.

Dr. Peck warns, “One of the biggest mistakes I notice parents making with their child’s oral health is to come to the conclusion that baby teeth don’t count.” he explains, “Your child will still have baby teeth up until they are in fourth grade. Suffering with the pain of a cavity in a baby tooth can be crippling for a child if the problem is not taken care of.” Going further, Dr. Peck says, “Quite a few parents try to explain that their child never mentioned the pain. Sometimes they don’t realize it, however, if the child sees that dental care is not a priority in the home, 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 examination at Dr. Peck’s office in Cincinnati by his or her third birthday, and every 6 months after that.

Who knows? They just might turn out to be a dentist just like Dr. Peck.