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

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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.

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