This may seem like a silly question, but being in the dental industry, it’s something we like to explore. Can too much homework be bad for students’ teeth?
Similar to the previous question (How Is Homework Bad for Kids’ Health?), homework can also negatively affect kids’ dental health in a few different ways:
- Junk food – those unhealthy foods we mentioned before can be bad for kids’ teeth, especially if they are eaten late at night and kids don’t brush their teeth before bed.
- Altered sleep schedule – staying up late to get homework done means kids aren’t getting enough sleep, which can lead to some late-night eating.
- Forgetting to brush teeth at night – Brushing our teeth at night is usually the last thing on our minds after a late night of studying, or, worse, an all-nighter!
Going to sleep later can lead to skipped tooth-brushing time, which can lead to cavities. Kids need to go to bed at a reasonable time so they can floss and brush their teeth before bed.