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Poor oral health can mean missed school, lower grades
Date:8/13/2012

re. Eleven percent of children who had limited access to dental carewhether due to lack of insurance, lack of transportation, or other barriersmissed school due to their poor oral health, as opposed to only four percent of children who had easier access to dental care.

"Our data indicates that for disadvantaged children there is an impact on students' academic performance due to dental problems. We recommend that oral health programs must be more integrated into other health, educational and social programs, especially those that are school-based," Mulligan said. "Furthermore, widespread population studies are needed to demonstrate the enormous personal, societal and financial burdens that this epidemic of oral disease is causing on a national level. "


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Contact: Beth Dunham
bethdunh@usc.edu
213-740-4279
University of Southern California
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