Hello, I’m Dr. David Rice. At my Elgin practice I have noticed more and more of my patients with stress-related dental issues. Elgin men and women may not think about it, but stress can do a number on your oral health.
Mouth sores, clenching and grinding, periodontal disease, and poor oral hygiene can all be exacerbated by stress.
Elgin 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 Bartlett IL, South Elgin, or Wayne drug store.
Clenching and grinding the teeth is common for stressed-out St Charles IL residents, and often it’s done unconsciously. Here at David A. Rice, DDS our comfortable 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.
And Elgin dental patients may find that when they are under stress it is more common to neglect their oral hygiene habits. Many people in the Bartlett IL, South Elgin, and Wayne areas find that 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 David A. Rice, DDS today. We offer sedation dentistry, dentures, porcelain veneers, and general dentistry. We hope to hear from you soon!