KING - NBC: Dental Problems a Leading Factor in School Absences
Dental problems are impacting attendance and grades in Pierce County schools, prompting county health officials to target the root of the problem.
“If you’re in severe dental pain, you can’t concentrate,” said Dr. Karen Yee-Lo, a pediatric dentist.
Tacoma’s Christensen Elementary averages 30 absent students a day. The flu is most recently the number one reason, but tooth pain is another.
Dental problems are the leading cause of school absences across the nation. A contributing factor in Pierce County is the poverty level, which is one of the highest in the state.
“It’s challenging for parents. There’s not a lot you can do. You can’t just let it go away, you’ve got to get help and when help is hard to find or hard to go to, they (students) don’t get healthier,” said principal Tim Engfield.
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