Most individuals 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, unhealthy alcohol consumption, smoking, or compulsive spending. (Even though many of us are guilty!)
Stress that is not effectively 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 exacerbate plaque creation, 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 effects stress can have on your teeth, schedule an appointment with Stephanie Teichmiller at Decatur Smiles today. We offer a broad scope of preventative, restorative, and cosmetic dental services including cosmetic dentistry, dental implants and dentures, emergency dentistry, and general dentistry.
Relax. We can help you get the dental treatment you need.
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