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How Teeth affect Health

Teeth and Emotional Health

*This webpage is for information purposes only. It is NOT a substitute for professional dental advice.*

Fast Facts
  • Children with poor oral health may feel embarrassed about how their teeth look to others.
  • Poor oral health can affect a child's appearance, self-esteem and confidence.


There's a lot going on behind your child's smile.

Your child's teeth are connected to the rest of your child's body in some surprising ways. For example, did you know that dental problems could affect your child's emotional well-being?

Poor oral health can affect a child’s confidence level and how he feels about his appearance.

How Dental Problems Affect Self-Esteem

Learn about self-esteem and ways you can  build self-esteem in your children.

Have you ever seen a child cover his mouth when he laughs or talks?

This child may have visible decay, crooked, broken, or missing teeth.

Poor oral health can affect a child's:

  • Physical appearance. He might be self-conscious about how he looks.
  • Self-esteem. He might be teased by other children.
  • Self-confidence. He might be quiet and reluctant to
    participate in school.
  • Relationship with his peers. He maybe be shy and
    withdrawn and isolate himself from others.

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