Most people have been warned about the physical effects of stress. Our doctors remind us to protect ourselves from the dangers of unmanaged stress by eating healthy, exercising regularly, and getting adequate sleep.
We know that we shouldn’t try to relieve stress with overeating, extreme alcohol consumption, smoking, or uncontrolled spending. (Even though many of us are guilty!)
Stress that is not sensibly managed can influence the heart, nervous system, immune system, and digestive system. It can also affect—you guessed it—your teeth.
The obvious oral health dangers are teeth grinding, jaw clenching, smoking, and the overconsumption of sugary foods. But did you know that stress can also intensify plaque production, trigger canker sores, and increase the risk of gingivitis? Another problem is that when men and women are under excessive stress, they often neglect basic oral hygiene.
If you’re concerned about the impact stress can have on your teeth, request an appointment with David Rice at David A. Rice, DDS today. We offer a broad scope of preventative, restorative, and cosmetic dental services including sedation dentistry, dentures, porcelain veneers, and general dentistry.
It’s ironic, but for some Elgin residents, dental visits cause major anxiety. What if the thought of visiting a dentist sends your blood pressure through the roof? Talk to us about sedation dentistry.
Relax. We can help you get the dental treatment you need.