You may not think about it, but stress can really do a number on your oral health. Mouth sores, clenching and grinding, periodontal disease, and poor oral hygiene can all be exacerbated by stress. At The Plano Dentist, we can help.
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 for stressed-out people, and often it’s done unconsciously. Here at The Plano Dentist 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.
And dental patients may find that when they are under stress it is more common to neglect their oral hygiene habits. Many people eat more sugary snacks when they’re under stress.
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