Stress And Your Child’s Smile

Burlington how stress hurts your teeth

Pediatric Dental Center in Burlington, Cold Spring, or Crestview Hills KY is a leading pediatric practice serving Northern Kentucky that emphasizes baby and toddler teeth and how to care for them. But how often do we think about how stress impacts our smile or a child’s smile? Children are just as susceptible to stress-induced oral problems.

Here are some dental problems linked to stress.

Canker and Cold Sores

Cold sores are a symptom of the herpes simplex virus. Scientists don’t know exactly what causes canker sores but suspect they are related to infection, virus, or a weak immune system. If you or your child are prone to mouth sores, you probably already know that stress seems to bring them on or increase healing times.

Talk with your doctor or dentist. Your healthcare provider can guide you on medications, diet, and stress reduction methods.

Teeth Grinding

It’s no surprise that teeth grinding (bruxism) is dangerous to teeth. It starts with enamel wear, then loose teeth, and eventually tooth loss. During this progression, there may be other issues.

If you notice that your child grinds their teeth, it’s essential to address this condition as soon as possible. In addition to stress, there are many factors that can cause or exacerbate bruxism. These include malocclusion (bad bite), and prescription depression and anxiety medications.

Our team may prescribe an appliance to protect your child’s teeth and keep their jaw in the proper position while you are sleeping. Other treatments include cognitive behavior therapy, relaxation therapies, mandibular advancement devices, physical therapy, and medication.

If your child grinds their teeth, our team can develop a treatment plan and work with you to manage or eliminate this condition.

Oral Hygiene

Some children miss brushing and flossing when they are experiencing high levels of stress.

Remember, a healthy smile will give them one less thing to worry about.

At Pediatric Dental Center our passion is helping each patient achieve and maintain a healthy, attractive smile. We offer the following services:

Pediatric Dental Center has three offices – Burlington, Cold Spring or Crestview Hills KY. Call us today for an appointment.

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5495 N Bend Rd Ste 102
Burlington, Kentucky