APPLE VALLEY, MN – Brite Smiles Dental Care (, located in Apple Valley, MN, is urging parents to get their kids’ dental care visits done during the summer, as a recent study shows that poor dental health negatively affects school performance.

A 2012 study by the National Center for Biotechnology Information on over 40,000 children showed that poor dental health resulted in reductions in school performance and psychosocial well-being. Information on that study can be seen here:

“We are urging parents to get their children in for dental visits during the summer, so they can have the best shot at good performance during the school year, since this study shows that dental health can impact school performance,” says Dr. Dennis Simmons, founder of Brite Smiles Dental Care. “Plus, as dental practitioners, we know that proper dental care and a beautiful smile can help contribute to a great self-image and higher confidence in anyone, children and adults alike. We feel strongly that proper dental care can positively change someone’s life, and that’s our mission.”

Dr. Dennis Simmons graduated from the University Of Minnesota School Of Dentistry in 1976, receiving the Class Honor in prosthetics – dentures partial and full. Since then he has participated in over 3000 hours of continuing education courses, focusing primarily on cosmetic and reconstructive dentistry, dental implants and implant-supported restorations, orthodontics, extractions, crown/bridge, root canals, bite and TMJ disorders, and sleep apnea. For his studies, he has been honored with the status of “Diplomate” from the International Congress of Oral Implantology and the International Osseous (bone) Integration Society. For more information on services and options from Brite Smiles Dental Care, visit, or call 952-891-8484.