You may not think about it very much, but stress can do a number on your dental health. The dentists at Aspen Ridge Dental in Casper know this all too well.
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 our patients pick up an over-the-counter topical anesthetic, which you can find at any drug store.
Clenching and grinding the teeth is common for stressed-out Casper residents, and often it’s done unconsciously. Here at Aspen Ridge Dental our caring staff can determine if a night guard or other dental appliance is appropriate to reduce grinding.
Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, is also made worse by stress. That’s because stress can result in an increase in dental plaque.
And people may find that when they are under stress it is more common to neglect their oral hygiene habits. Many people find that they eat more sugary snacks when they’re under stress.
If you’re concerned about the effect stress is having on your teeth, schedule an appointment at Aspen Ridge Dental today. We offer family dentistry, treat gum disease, and provide a wide range of other services.
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