Kid’s with tooth pain were 4 times more likely to have a low grade point average due to school absences and decreased abilility to focus with tooth pain.  Bring your child to the dentist twice a year to catch small cavities before they become painful and more expensive to fix.  Brushing twice a day for two minutes with a fluoride containing toothpaste and flossing everyday to clean in between teeth is the best way to prevent cavities.  Avoid sodapop, juice, gum, and hard candies  – including cough drops.