Dentists are warning that exams are bad for children’s teeth.
Worried pupils grind their molars, clench their mouths, chew pencils and bite their nails, causing gum disease and jaw problems.
The British Dental Association (BDA) says children are damaging the protective enamel coating on their teeth. BDA chief John Hunt told The Mirror: “Anyone grinding their teeth due to stress should visit their dentist for a thorough diagnosis and appropriate treatment.” He added that dentists can advise on relaxation techniques and jaw exercises to relieve tension.
British schoolchildren are now taking more exams than ever before. As well as GCSEs and A-levels, they also take tests at seven, 11 and 14.