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How does stress affected the mouths of children?

stress affected the mouths

Not only sugar and tooth decay is a problem for the mouths of children. The lifestyle also influences and refer to childhood stress can affect oral health of children in various ways.

Small they not have a job or have to worry about paying the bills and yet a significant number suffer stress. The causes that cause? Academic pressure, parental separation, lack of free time, social problems … And in recent years it seems that childhood stress figures are increasing.

 stress affected the mouths
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This also results in a higher frequency of dental visits. In these ways the stress and anxiety of children affects the health of your mouth:

  • Periodontal disease: inflammation and bleeding gums, a condition that can lead to the development of gingivitis (chronic gum disease). Kids brushing hurts and increases the sensitivity of the teeth.
  • Bruxism, for the children clench jaws and grind their teeth unconsciously, especially at night, while they sleep. In the long run can lead to wear of the teeth and even be suffering pain in the neck, head, jaw joints ….
  • Continued stress can cause tooth decay (although the main cause remains the accumulation of plaque). This is because stress increases the acidity of saliva attacking the tooth enamel.
  • The mouth sores that appear inside the mouth are also common in children undergoing nervousness. They can be located in the inner area of the lips, cheeks or tongue.
  • Commissural or “cold sores” cheilitis, consisting of an acute or chronic mucosal of the corners of her mouth infection. Unconsciously moisten the lips, the injury worsens.
  • Cold sores, caused by a virus that lives in the facial nerves and played in times when the body’s natural defenses.
  • Halitosis or bad breath, caused by digestive problems associated with stress.

It is important to maintain good oral hygiene and visit the dentist if we detect these problems or continuously intense as it could be some complications and most have a treatment. But if we continue without affecting the root of the problem, these may be repeated and extend over time.

If you think your child has any symptoms of stress, such as tiredness or fatigue, apathy, passivity, sleep problems or lunch … do not let it go. Stress affects the mouth of children, their emotional health and welfare in general, so we must try to minimize all these risks.

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