At Jim Erpenbach DDS in Knoxville TN we see more and more of our patients with stress-related dental issues. People may not think about it, dentists know that stress can really do a number on your oral health.
Mouth sores, clenching and grinding, periodontal disease, and poor oral hygiene can all be aggravated 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 at any drug store.
Clenching and grinding the teeth is common for stressed-out Knoxville residents, and often it’s done unconsciously. Here at Jim Erpenbach DDS 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, can also be inflamed by stress because stress can result in an increase in dental plaque.
If you’re concerned about the effect stress can have on your teeth, schedule an appointment at Jim Erpenbach DDS in Knoxville TN today. We provide oral-systemic dentistry that examines the connection between dental health and general health. Make an appointment with us today.
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