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Archive for June, 2022

Can Stress & Anxiety Cause Dental Problems in Children? Teeth Grinding, Gum Disease, Cold Sores & More

Smile Reef

Being a parent, you want the best for your child when it comes to their health and their teeth. So, when you have a child that is stressed out a lot you want to know what you can do to help them. When it comes to your child’s stress this can cause problems with their teeth. Smile Reef wants to help you know what dental problems stress can cause and how we can help your child with those problems.

Canker & Cold Sores

If you have ever had a canker or a cold sore you know how annoying and sometimes painful they can be. A cold sore is actually a herpes simplex virus. Where a canker can be caused by many things such as food sensitivity like acidic food. But both cold sores and cankers can be caused and show up by having stress in your life. If your child keeps getting one of these mouth sores, talk to your doctor or dentist about what can be done to help them when they get these sores.

Teeth Grinding

If you have noticed your child grinding their teeth don’t ignore it. Teeth grinding can cause major problems to their teeth. It can first start to affect the enamel, then loosen the teeth, and lastly, they could end up losing a tooth from the grinding. During the time this is happening to their teeth your child might have headaches, gum problems, and Temporomandibular Disorders. You might want to know what the reason is for why your child is doing this. There could be many reasons, a few are a bad bite or because they are on depression and anxiety medicine. If your child is doing this, talk to their dentist. There are many solutions to help your child to stop grinding their teeth.

Temporomandibular Disorders

Temporomandibular disorder is also known as TMD. This can be caused because of many reasons. One of these reasons could be stress. If your child is stressed and they are clenching their jaw this could cause their jaw to have pain. Some other symptoms of TMD could be swelling or pain in the ear, neck, shoulder, or face. If your child is having any clicking or popping sounds from their jaw, this could also be a symptom of TMD. If any of these are happening to your child then you need to see their dentist.

Gum Disease

Stress can cause a number of problems with your kid’s body. But often teeth get overlooked when it comes to stress. Stress needs to be a factor to consider if your child has gum disease. If they are stressed their body’s ability to fight plaque can be less, causing gum disease.

Pediatric Dental Care

If your child is stressed often and you are noticing problems with your child’s teeth. Speak to a dentist like Smile Reef to help you know what you need to do to help your child’s teeth. We can help ensure better oral health and make sure your child maintains a beautiful and healthy smile.

Is Baby Teething Pain Worse at Night? Stimulating Gums & Other Ways to Help Babies Struggling to Sleep

Smile Reef

When your baby is teething, it can be so miserable for the baby and for you too. The baby is fussy and in pain. You want to help the precious little thing but what can you do to help them not be so miserable? Smile Reef is here to help you know a few things you can try to help ease your baby’s pain.

Apply Gentle Pressure to Gums

This sounds very simple but it can help. Make sure you have washed and cleaned your hands. Also, you don’t want to have long fingernails with this one because you could scratch your baby’s mouth. With this helpful tip, you want to put light pressure on the baby’s gums with your finger and rub the gums. This will cause a soothing sensation for their teething mouth helping them have temporary relief from their pain. And hopefully helping them to sleep a little better.

Offer Cold Teethers & Other Teething Toys

When you use cold baby teethers or something cold on your baby’s teeth this can cause a numbing effect on the hurting gums. You can even use something as simple as a cold wet or frozen washcloth that you can let your baby chew/suck on. Another idea is if your baby is old enough you can give them cold apple sauce or frozen fruit. This will help give them that relief from the cold. If you go with the food tip to help give them relief, make sure you clean their teeth before bed.

Pain Medication

If you have tried gentle pressure and cold teethers and your baby is still acting like they are in pain don’t be afraid to give your baby pain medication. Talk to your pediatric dentist or doctor about what they recommend for your baby with over-the-counter medicine. Depending on the age of your baby you can give your baby Tylenol or ibuprofen. Make sure you talk to their doctor so you know the correct dosage. This can help with their pain from teething.

Maintain Routine

Your baby can be in the teething phase for a while. You want to make sure you maintain a good routine for your baby. If your baby is sleeping don’t wake your baby up to give them medication because you think they are in pain. Make sure you do what you can to make your baby comfortable before bed. Then if your child wakes up and it is time for more medication then you can give them medication. It is important to try and keep your baby on a good sleeping schedule. This will help you and your baby.

Pediatric Dentistry

Teething can be a rough time for everyone in the house. The poor baby can be in a lot of pain for quite some time. But following these few tips provided by Smile Reef can help your baby have a better time with the pain. And hopefully, help make that sweet child a little happier because they got some relief from their hurting mouth.