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Children who have difficulties paying attention at school or concentrating during class may be suffering from dental health problems, it has been suggested.
Gardner Beale of the University of Southern California School of Dentistry Pediatric Dental Clinic told the Jackson Sun that tooth decay, mouth pain and other oral complaints may interfere with kids' learning.
"When you're in pain, you can't concentrate and you can't learn," he explained.
Beale said that parents should make sure they respond to their kids' oral health issues at an early stage, before they develop into something more serious.
The publication suggested that parents who want to ensure their children's dental hygiene is up to scratch for the new school year should make sure they are brushing and flossing on a daily basis.
At the same time, it advised moms and dads to keep an eye on their youngsters' diet, encouraging them to choose snacks such as fresh fruit and string cheese over those that are sticky or contain large amounts of sugar.
The American Dental Association recommends that children visit the dentist every six months for a checkup.
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