Side effects from stress have a way of going unnoticed by most--except the dentist. For example, teens who are stressed out may consciously or subconsciously deal with stress by tightly clenching their teeth during the day and grinding them at night, a condition known as bruxism.
Wisdom teeth usually develop between the ages of 17 and 25. Why are they called “wisdom teeth”? Because these third molars come through at a more mature age. From babyhood to adolescence, teeth erupt in stages. First we develop incisors, then canines, then premolars and molars and, finally, wisdom teeth.
A big factor in a child’s fear of the dentist is…wait for it…PARENTS. What? It’s true. Mom's or Dad's dental fear plays a huge role in their child's fear of the dentist. Describing extractions, root canals, or other experiences with another adult when overheard by a young one will likely trigger anxiety. Some parents take their children with them to their own dental appointment, but experts say this is a mistake.
Ask any child what their favorite time of year is, and the answer is almost always going to be summer. Being out of school, hanging out with their friends, swimming and playing outside are what all kids dream of during the school year. And while the summer season can be a great time for children, it can also present some hazards--particularly for a child's teeth.