Oral Health and School Readiness and Performance
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- Children with poor oral health are more likely than those with good oral health to experience oral pain, miss school, and perform poorly in school. 1
- It is important to prevent and treat children’s oral health problems to prevent and reduce oral pain and improve oral functioning and to improve children’s educational achievement and psychosocial development. 2
- Children with both poor oral health and poor general health are more than twice as likely to perform poorly in school as those with both good oral health and good general health. 1
- Developmental delays among preschool-age children from families with low incomes may be associated with increased decayed, missing, and filled surfaces on primary teeth. 3
- Among children and adolescents ages 5–18, oral pain and acute asthma similarly impact school attendance. 4
- School absences associated with oral pain or infection increase the likelihood of poor school performance, whereas absences for routine oral health care do not. 3
- Jackson SL, Vann WF, Koch JB, Pahel BT, Lee JY. 2011. Impact of poor oral health on children’s school attendance and performance. American Journal of Public Health 101(10):1900–1906.
- Guarnizo-Herreno CC, Wehby GL. 2012. Children’s dental health, school performance, and psychosocial well-being. Journal of Pediatrics 161(6):1153–1159.
- Chi DL, Rossitch KC, Beeles EM. 2013. Developmental delays and dental caries in low-income preschoolers in the USA: A pilot cross-sectional study and preliminary explanatory model. BMC Oral Health 13:53.
- Thikkurissy S, Glazer K, Amini H, Casamassimo P, Rashid R. 2012. The comparative morbidities of acute dental pain and acute asthma on quality of life in children. Pediatric Dentistry 3(4):e77–e80.
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