Don’t Let Stress Hurt Your Smile
- Posted on: Feb 22 2019
At Flax Dental in Atlanta we see more and more patients with stress-related dental issues. You may not think about it, but stress can really do a number on your dental health.
Mouth sores, clenching and grinding, periodontal disease, and poor oral hygiene can all be exacerbated by stress.
People who have difficulty managing stress need to realize that it can increase the risk of getting mouth sores such as cankers and cold sores. Most canker sores only last 7-10 days, but for relief from the irritation, we recommend picking up an over-the-counter topical anesthetic at any drug store.
Clenching and grinding the teeth is common for stressed-out people, and often it’s done unconsciously. Here at Flax Dental our staff can determine if a night guard or other dental appliance is appropriate to reduce grinding.
Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, is exacerbated by stress because stress can result in an increase in dental plaque.
People under stress are also more likely to neglect their oral hygiene habits. They are more likely to eat sugary snacks when they’re under stress, too.
If you’re concerned about the effect stress can have on your teeth, schedule an appointment at Flax Dental today. We offer restorative and cosmetic dentistry, and many other services. Schedule an appointment today!
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