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Poor oral health predicts children’s school problems

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.


Guarnizo-Herreño C et al. J Pediatr. 2019; doi: 10.1016/j.jpeds.2019.01.045.