SOURCE: Trillium Dental

October 02, 2012 14:22 ET

Ottawa Dentists at Trillium Dental Cosmetic Dentistry Reflect on Oral Health and School Performance Study

OTTAWA--(Marketwire - Oct 2, 2012) - University of Southern California Ostrow School of Dentistry researchers studied the effects of poor oral health on students in Los Angeles. The study included 1500 socioeconomically disadvantaged students in high school and elementary school. The American Journal of Public Health published the study this September.

Ottawa dentists, Drs. David Bartos and Mark Northcott examine these results to determine oral health affects school performance. Bartos and Northcott practice cosmetic dentistry in Ottawa, offering teeth whitening to improve patients' smiles.

The students' school achievements and attendance reports were scrutinized against their oral health reports. Researchers found neglected oral health caused lower grades than students with consistent oral care. Students with poor oral health had more absences from school and their parents had more absences from work.

"Eleven percent of children who had limited access to dental care -- whether due to lack of insurance, lack of transportation, or other barriers -- missed school due to their poor oral health, as opposed to only four percent of children who had easier access to dental care," according to the Ostrow School of Dentistry.

Students with tooth pain were 400 percent more likely to have a GPA lower than the school district's median of 2.8. A past USC study indicated that almost 3 out of 4 lower income children in the district had tooth decay. Researchers conducted the current study to see how dental caries affect these children.

Study author Roseann Mulligan suggests preventive oral care be done in schools to help disadvantaged students perform better. Conducting oral care in schools could alleviate the need for an implant dentist down the road.

Low-income families may not be able to afford the recommended twice a year dental visits. Other factors, such as transportation or work schedules, may prevent children from seeing a dentist. Some families may not realize how tightly oral care is connected to their health.

Ottawa residents can visit Health Smiles Ontario to learn more about oral care. Healthy Smiles helps low income children receive adequate dental care. Patients can contact Trillium Dental's Stittsville dentist to discuss how vital oral health is for children and adults.

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