Back to School for Kids' Teeth, Too
While your child’s annual physical exam, which includes vision and hearing tests, is indeed essential, it overlooks an important part of a child’s health—oral health. Cavities are one of the most prevalent infectious diseases among U.S. children, with more than 51 million school hours lost each year due to dental-related causes in the United States. In addition to the oral health implications of dental disease, children can’t concentrate and learn when they have a toothache. That’s why the Massachusetts Dental Society (MDS) thinks it’s important that parents ensure that their children’s teeth are healthy and cavity-free by scheduling a dental exam as part of the back-to-school routine for all students.