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[August 09, 2017] Warns: Dental Health Can Impact School Success

Dental problems have a significant impact on school success. In fact, children with chronic oral health problems are three times more likely to miss school than their classmates. And even when they are in class, dental pain makes it difficult for children to focus on their schoolwork, adversely impacting their educational success-and their confidence.

"Children already deal with enough challenges while in school and the last thing they need is to miss school because they are in pain or experiencing a lower self-esteem due to dental issues," said Bill Chase, Vice President of Marketing for, a leading dental and health savings online marketplace in the U.S.

Tooth decay is the single most common chronic disease for not only children, but adults, even though it is largely preventable with basic at-home oral hygiene practices and regular professional checkups and cleanings. But, according to sources, 42% of U.S. children 2-to-11 hae had cavities in their primary ("baby") teeth, and 23% of those children did not see a dentist for treatment. Nearly 60 percent of U.S. adolescents have experienced dental decay in their permanent teeth, and 20% have not received treatment.

Aside from brushing, flossing, and rinsing with mouthwash regularly, visiting the dentist is one of the best ways to ensure that a child will have a successful school year. And, there are various plan options that can save not only individuals, but families, a considerable amount of money on costly procedures-including braces.

"Many states require students to have an annual dental checkup, so the back-to-school season is the perfect time to focus on enhancing the entire family's dental health," said Chase. "And, it is important to teach children, at an early age, the value of quality dental care and how their actions now, can help them maintain a healthy mouth and overall health."

Many families without dental insurance may feel that regular dental checkups do not fit into their budgets. But with a dental savings plan, an affordable alternative to traditional dental insurance, checkups are often free or deeply discounted.

In fact, members receive discounts on dental care from a nationwide network of thousands of participating dentists. Savings range from 10%-60%, depending on the plan and the dental procedure. And many dental savings plans include bonus benefits that provide savings on vision care, prescription medications and other health and wellness services.

To learn more about the advantages of dental savings plans visit

About, founded in 1999, is a leading dental and health savings online marketplace in the U.S., helping more than a million people to affordably access quality healthcare services. Our mission is to empower consumers with the tools, information, and services that they need to live happier, healthier lives.

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