Hello, I’m Dr. Steven Cutbirth. At my Waco practice I have noticed more and more of my patients with stress-related dental issues. Waco 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.
Waco 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 Woodway, Hewitt, or Robinson drug store.
Clenching and grinding the teeth is common for stressed-out Waco residents, and often it’s done unconsciously. Here at Steven T. Cutbirth DDS our solid 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 Waco dental patients may find that when they are under stress it is more common to neglect their oral hygiene habits. Many people in the Woodway, Hewitt, and Robinson 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 Steven T. Cutbirth DDS today. We offer general dentistry, restorative dentistry, IV sedation, and TMJ headache relief. We hope to hear from you soon!
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