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Is your child struggling in school? It might be their teeth!

Recent study shows poor oral health in children can impact on grades

Bad oral hygiene has been linked to poor performance in school, according to a recent study undertaken by the Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC. The study involved 1,500 children and discovered that those who had cavities had issues with school attendance and grades. The study showed that those with tooth pain were four times more likely to have lower grade point averages than those without tooth pain or other dental issues.

On average, the children with dental problems missed up to three more days of school than those with good dental health.

How you can help prevent dental issues

At Image Dental in Applecross, we strongly believe in preventive dentistry and endeavour to help you keep your natural teeth for life. This is why we have come up with a few steps to help you gain the best education about oral health at home.

Step One ? Brush your teeth

The most imperative facet of a home oral health routine is brushing your teeth. This should be accomplished at least twice daily while holding the brush at a 45 degree angle to help ensure your gums are cleaned, too.

Step Two ? Floss

At Image Dental we have a saying ? you only need to floss the teeth you wish to keep! Flossing is a vital role in oral health and should not be taken lightly. If neglected, food particles between teeth can encourage bacteria growth in the mouth and cause tooth decay, periodontal disease and in extreme cases, tooth loss.

Step Three ? Regular check-ups with Image Dental

To ensure your teeth are in peak condition, we recommend visiting our Applecross clinic every six months. This way we can thoroughly examine the condition of your mouth, execute a proper and in-depth clean and pick up any issues in their infancy where they can be dealt with easily.

Keep your teeth fresh and for life with us at Image Dental.

For more information on our treatments or preventive dentistry, please contact us.