Hello, I’m Dr. Jamie Sledd. At my Maple Grove family dentistry practice I have noticed more and more of my patients with stress-related dental issues. Maple Grove men and women may not think about it, but stress can do a number on your oral health.
Mouth sores, clenching and grinding, gum disease, and poor oral hygiene can all be exacerbated by stress.
Maple Grove 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 Maple Grove area drug store.
Clenching and grinding the teeth is common for stressed-out Maple Grove residents, and often it’s done unconsciously. Here at Arbor Lakes Dental our fun 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 Maple Grove cosmetic dental patients may find that when they are under stress it is more common to neglect their oral hygiene habits. Many people in Maple Grove and the surrounding 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 Arbor Lakes Dental today. We treat patients from age 4 to 94 and we offer dental crowns, dental bridges, cosmetic dentistry, family dentistry and more. We hope to hear from you soon!
Dr. Jamie Sledd
Arbor Lakes Dental
12000 Elm Creek Blvd, Ste 230
Maple Grove, Minnesota 55369