Among many good reasons to teach your children good oral health habits and having twice a year visits with a dentist, is that poor oral health has a direct impact on school readiness and academic performance. Poor oral health has been linked to a detrimental impact on children’s quality of life, their performance at school, and their overall success in life. Studies have found that more than 51 million school hours are lost each year to dental-related illness.
Children with oral health problems are three times more likely to miss school due to dental pain than children who did not have oral health problems. Absences caused by pain are associated with poorer school performance. In addition, children who lacked excellent or very good oral health were more likely to perform poorly in school than those who did have excellent or very good oral health.
Oral health and general health are intertwined. Poor oral health can profoundly affect an infant’s or child’s health and well-being. Early dental visits teach a child that oral health is important. A child who is taken for dental visits early in life is more likely to have a good attitude, about oral health providers and dental visits. The American Association of Pediatric Dentists recommends a child have their first appointment when their first tooth appears and no later than their first birthday.
Maintaining regular dental visits can help find problems early and often minimize the potential impact. It also helps kids get used to visiting the dentist so they have less fear about going as they get older. One goal of dental visits is finding problems early. Tooth decay can be stopped or managed if it is caught early. Treating problems early keeps oral diseases from getting worse and costs less than treatment would later. A child’s mouth is very different than an adults so consider taking your child to a dentist who specializes in treating kids.
At Arcadia Pediatric Dental we created an environment that shares games and activities designed to teach children how to take care of their smiles in a fun way.
Arcadia Pediatric Dental is dedicated to providing families in Arcadia and South Scottsdale with high quality dental care in a fun, upbeat environment. Our experienced dentists and staff are committed to making your family feel at home as we teach you and your children healthy oral care habits recommended by the American Association of Pediatric Dentists.
By teaming up with parents and schools, we at Arcadia Pediatric Dental want to support every child’s long-term children’s dental health, self-confidence and academic success!
Arcadia Pediatric Dental is located at 5717 E. Thomas Rd. Scottsdale, AZ 85251. To learn more or schedule an appointment visit our website or call 480.207.5070.