Summer’s long, relaxing days are drawing to a close. In Quincy, MA school is going to start on September 3rd. It’s time to head back to class. Some students look forward to this, but for other kids, the the prospect of a new school year brings lots of stress and anxiety.
This stress and anxiety can impact children who are starting kindergarten right on up to high school seniors. Both boys and girls can become anxious or stressed out; this phenomenon impacts high achieving students and those who aren’t doing so well academically. Stress is often rooted in social concerns, as children worry about their relationships with friends, teachers, and others in the school environment. Several parenting experts have noted that the rise of Facebook, Tumblr, and other social media sites has intensified stress levels for young adults.
Let’s talk about how this stress and anxiety can impact your children’s dental health. Here in our Quincy dental practice, this is the time of year we see more pediatric patients with complaints of jaw pain and cracked teeth. This is often due to a child grinding their teeth or clenching their jaw while they’re sleeping.
It’s important to understand that a child doesn’t necessarily do these behaviors on purpose; instead, they’re ways to process stress that children access unconsciously, without intent. Parents often try to direct their children not to engage in these tooth-damaging behaviors, but it is very hard to control yourself when you’re fast asleep!
There are a number of treatment options available to children who are experiencing jaw pain or other dental issues subsequent to anxiety driven behaviors. As your Quincy children’s dentist, our role is to provide a safe, supportive, comfortable environment that makes it easy to address the issue with the appropriate dental treatment, reducing your child’s pain and preserving the health of their teeth. Having dental issues resolved promptly won’t necessarily make going back to school any more fun, but it will be easier for your student to do well when they’re not in pain!