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Brush your teeth, boost your grade point

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Simply put, that's the conclusion of a USC Ostrow School of Dentistry study just published in the American Journal of Public Health. Researchers examined the dental health of low-income elementary and high school students. To  my mind, the most notable finding: The kids who reported dental pain were almost 4 times more likely to have a low grade-point average.The study also calculated days of school missed and other variables.

With the multifaceted circumstances surrounding poor oral health--socioeconomic status, parent education levels, access to care, etc.--this information may be "stating the obvious." And the researchers acknowledge the need for more targeted study.  But the more evidence we accumulate about the imporatance of oral health on all aspects of life, the more ammunition we have to keep it front and center in the general healthcare debate.

Read the abstract.

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