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A Healthy Mouth Means a Healthier School Year

ProBioraKids Oral-Care Probiotics earn good grades for children’s dental and whole body health.

The school year is a whirlwind of class schedules, homework, extracurricular activities, and fun events. How can parents keep busy kids focused from first bell to final exam—and flashing smiles during the holidays? Many leading dentists are recommending to add a probiotic for the mouth to your child’s daily oral-care routine, helping to support their oral and overall health.

Sarah Poteet, DDS, is a dentist and the owner of Dallas Functional Dentistry. The native Texan is also a mom, so she understands why children’s oral-hygiene habits are so important. She outlined several reasons for parents to support kids’ oral and dental health, and how ProBioraKids oral-care probiotics for the mouth can help.

Fewer School Year Disruptions

“First, we have an epidemic of kids with cavities in the U.S., causing missed school days for dentist appointments as well as compromising their oral health,” Dr. Poteet explained. “And cavities among young children are on the rise. According to the Centers for Disease Control, more than half (52%) of children have had a cavity by age 8!” 

The Healthy Schools Campaign reports that children ages 5 to 17 miss nearly two million school days per year due to dental health issues. That number includes 30% of kids ages 6 to 12.

“Reducing school days missed is one reason to set good oral and dental hygiene habits in childhood,” Dr. Poteet said. 

Bad grades are another potential result. School absences hinder learning, and distracting tooth pain prevents kids from focusing on classroom lessons, homework, and studying. Pain can also put a damper on the extracurricular activities they enjoy.

Better Overall Health

“Poor oral health doesn’t just impact your kid’s mouth, it affects their whole body,” said Dr. Poteet. “Research has found that poor oral health and bad bacteria can affect kids’ bodies in many ways, including the development of their brain, heart, kidneys, and lungs. That’s why establishing healthy oral hygiene habits during childhood is so important. Forming good habits in childhood can last a lifetime.”

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More Smiles for Kids and Parents

Another concern: Poor oral health can cause bad breath. Halitosis can cause kids to smile less, avoid socializing, and stop participating in classroom activities. That can lead to an unhappy kid with low self-esteem and impair their social development. Research shows bad breath can even alter children’s speech patterns.

Taking kids to the dentist is tough on busy parents, too, Dr. Poteet knows. It can be nearly impossible to schedule a last-minute appointment, especially near the holidays.

Basic Habits for Good Oral Health

“It’s critical for parents to help support their child’s oral health as much as they can,” Dr. Poteet said. “First, if your child hasn’t had a dentist appointment in the last few months, it’s important to do so. At home, brushing and flossing twice a day are important steps in a good daily oral-care routine.” 

As a mom herself, however, Dr. Poteet understands the challenges and limits.

“Many kids are not very adept at brushing, so monitoring your kids’ brushing as much as possible is helpful. But brushing and flossing is only half the battle.”

Oral-Care Probiotics: One Easy Step for a Healthier Mouth

For a truly healthy mouth, Dr. Poteet explained, it’s essential to support good bacteria that is native to the mouth. 

“That’s why I recommend adding ProBiora probiotics for the mouth to both kids’ and adults’ daily oral-care routine,” she said, adding that ProBiora is the original oral-care probiotic and is backed by more than 30 years of clinical research.

“ProBioraKids is a dentist-recommended, oral-care probiotic that provides a patented blend of the good bacteria kids’ mouths need to stay their healthiest. It works by repopulating good bacteria and crowding out the bad bacteria that causes bad breath, discolored teeth, cavities, and more in kids.”

This oral-care probiotic gets below the gumline where brushing and flossing can’t reach. When taken daily, the result is fresher breath, whiter teeth, and a healthier mouth in as few as 30 days. 

ProBioraKids is specially formulated for children, with a delicious orange creamsicle flavor. It’s so easy to use: Simply dissolve or chew one or more tablets at bedtime after brushing and flossing. ProBioraKids probiotic is gluten-free and vegetarian friendly, with no artificial flavor, sweeteners, or colors. 

“ProBioraKids is safe to use with braces and other orthodontics, which are notoriously at risk for bad bacteria,” said Dr. Poteet. “For me, as a busy parent, it provides peace of mind knowing we’re optimally supporting my daughter’s oral health.” 

Brush. Floss. ProBioraKids. With one easy step, parents optimize their kids’, and their own, oral-care routine. Visit ProBiora Health’s website to learn more about ProBioraKids®. ProBiora Health’s full line of oral-care probiotics can be purchased online at ProBiora Health and Amazon. Take 10% off your order with the promo code: DFW10. 

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