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Dental Troubles Lead To Negative Self Image for Kids

Peck Children Self Esteem 5

Bad oral health has a negative influence on kids’ all around health and psychological well being.

Depression and anxiety in kids may be the result of a poor self-image in addition to self-esteem brought on by dental issues, for instance:
• cracked teeth
• damaged teeth
• absent teeth
• dark or perhaps stained teeth
• pain within the mouth area 

For children, cavities tend to be a common difficulty which begins while very young.

Oral decay affects more than one-fifth of U.S. kids ages 2-4 years, half of those ages 6 to 8, and practically sixty percent of those aged 15, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Untreated cavities might cause discomfort, dysfunction, absence from school, underweight, as well as poor appearance–problems which may greatly reduce a child’s ability to succeed in life.

Tooth problems impact children’s ability to communicate verbally and nonverbally with peers and teachers. If they’re embarrassed by their teeth, they might be always covering up their mouth with their hands, be afraid to smile, or reluctant to speak for fear of displaying their teeth when they talk at school.

All of these kinds of traits due to poor dental treatment may adversely impact your child’s school performance as well as attendance.

The solution would be to take your child for a dental health examination at your dental office by his or her third birthday, and every six months afterwards.