Could Stress Be Impacting Your Dental Health?

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Individuals today have several sources of stress throughout their lives, and it can be a challenge to manage. However, if you are prone to stress or anxiety, managing your emotions should be a priority. Stress can have a negative effect on your mental health, and it can also impact your dental health. The team at Pacific Northwest Periodontics wants their patients to have excellent teeth for life. Read on to learn more about the toll that stress can take on your teeth.

How Stress Affects Oral Health

Bruxism: Bruxism is a condition characterized by the repeated clenching or grinding of the teeth. It can cause significant damage to the teeth and jaw, leaving patients with dental pain, tooth fractures, and enamel wear. Bruxism can occur when awake, often as an unconscious response while in a stressful environment.

Stress hormone: Cortisol, the stress hormone, spikes when you are stressed out. This effect can compromise the immune system, which is your body’s natural defense against germs and other harmful invaders. When this occurs, it is easier for bacteria in the mouth to impact the teeth, leading to inflammation among other things.

Caring For Your Teeth

When it comes to taking care of your smile, ensure that you are following best practices for dental hygiene. You should aim to thoroughly brush twice a day to remove plaque and keep your breath fresh. Patients should also floss, which helps eliminate food debris that is stuck in hard-to-reach areas; flossing should be done gently to prevent damage to the gums. Also, regularly examining your teeth, such as before or after completing your dental hygiene routine, can help you notice any changes that may be caused by stress. All of this is in addition to regularly scheduled routine cleanings, which are essential for keeping your teeth as healthy as possible.

Sedation Dentistry

The doctors at Pacific Northwest Periodontics know that some patients suffer from dental anxiety, a condition that causes individuals to feel overwhelmed with stress while visiting the dentist for care. Fortunately, sedation dentistry is provided to patients to help them feel at ease during their dental appointments. There are several sedation options available, such as oral sedation and nitrous oxide (laughing gas). Our doctors will use the most appropriate sedation method for each patient based on the patient’s treatment plan, unique needs, and level of anxiety.

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Our highly experienced doctors understand that daily stress can make it difficult to stay on top of your oral health, but we are eager to help you prioritize your dental care. Contact us today to book your next appointment.

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