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Study Links Children’s Poor Oral Health To Bad Grades

Posted on February 7, 2014 by Dr. Mal Braverman

Children who are suffering from poor dental health and tooth pain are receiving lower grades in school, according to a study conducted by the Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC.

According to the report, “The Impact of Oral Health on the Academic Performance of Disadvantaged Children,” published in the September 2012 issue of the American Journal of Public Health, children with tooth pain or other dental issues did not perform as well as their counterparts in school. The study included 1,500 middle and high school children in the Los Angeles area.

The study found that poor dental health correlated with lower grades and more absences from school. Children with reported tooth pain were four times as likely as children with no reported pain to have a grade-point average below 2.8, and other reported dental problems correlated with more absences from school. Dental health is an important aspect to children’s overall success through school.

Without help, the children with poor oral health who have struggled through school will likely have the same oral health issues later in life. Dr. Braverman in New York City offers expert solutions for a variety of these dental issues, and offers orthodontics, gum treatments, as well as many other services to fit your unique case. If you or someone you know is in need of dental work, call Dr. Braverman at 212-688-3838 for a consultation.

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