Friday, December 21, 2018

How Heartache Leads to Toothache

How Heartache Leads to Toothache

Children are sensitive beings. Stress in their environment may trigger behavioral changes such as “acting out.” But stress can also lead to physical responses, including changes in their oral health.

In addition, an emotionally stressed child may not feel like keeping to his or her normal oral hygiene routine; he or she may even go back, consciously or unconsciously, to thumb-sucking or tooth grinding, which can have negative effects on the developing mouth and teeth. If such problems last more than a couple of days, it’s best to gently address them in an age-appropriate way.

Financial troubles can lead to lapses in dental care—with serious negative effects. Do your best to keep up with regular dental checkups, professional cleanings and fluoride treatments. If your financial situation has changed, or you find yourself without dental insurance, please discuss your concerns with us. We will do our best to work with you, perhaps coming up with a payment plan that will work with your budget.

Finally, in times of stress, all of us—adults and children—often turn to less-healthy food choices—because they are quick (fast food) or comforting (sweet and salty snacks, such as doughnuts and chips). Try to shop for fresh fruits and vegetables, and have them on hand at home, so they can become “fast food” choices, too.

Even when everyone is stressed and cranky, make sure your child brushes after every meal or snack, especially after sugary and starchy ones. This will help prevent decay and problems that can occur long after the current problems have resolved.

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