Key clinical point: Poor oral health in children is significantly associated with problems at school and school absences.
Major finding: Children with at least one dental problem were approximately 50% more likely to have problems at school (OR, 1.56) or miss 1 school day (OR, 1.54).
Study details: The data come from the 2016 and 2017 waves of the National Survey of Children’s Health and include 45,711 children aged 6-17 years.
Disclosures: The study was supported by the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research. The researchers had no financial conflicts to disclose.
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