Do you know what the most common early childhood disease is? According to National Institutes of Health, dental caries are reported as the most common reason school-aged children are sick. In fact, children are 5 times more likely to develop caries than asthma!
Children with poorer oral health are more likely to experience oral pain, miss school, and perform poorly in class compared to their peers with better oral health. Dental pain can cause children to be irritable, withdrawn, and unable to concentrate. This can affect test performance and school attendance. If oral health conditions are left untreated, the pain and infection can lead to problems with eating, speaking, and learning.
Children who have dental issues resolved have improvement in their ability to learn and school attendance. Regular dental exams and cleaning along with good daily habits help keep children on track for success!
Dr. Easte Warnick received a degree in Geology from the University of Nevada Las Vegas in 2001. After working as a geologist for Los Alamos National Laboratory and Bechtel SAIC, she returned to school and completed dental training at the University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry in 2012.