In this blog post from Mason Dental in Grapevine, we want to take a moment to discuss everyday stress and its effect on your dental health. You may never stop to think about it, but stress can really do a number on your mouth.
Mouth sores, teeth clenching and grinding, gum 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 our patients pick up an over-the-counter topical anesthetic at any drug store.
Clenching and grinding the teeth is common, and often it’s done unconsciously. We 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.
Unfortunately, it is common for people to neglect their oral hygiene, as daily stress increases. To make things worse, people often find they eat more sugary snacks when they’re under stress.
If you’re concerned about the effect stress can have on your teeth, schedule an appointment at Mason Dental in Grapevine. We offer a wide range of services, including general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule your next cleaning and checkup today.