Hello, I’m Dr. Mark Phan. At my Norman OK area practice I have noticed more and more of my patients with stress-related dental issues. Norman area men and women may not think about it, but stress can do a number on your dental health.
Mouth sores, clenching and grinding, periodontal disease, and poor oral hygiene can all be exacerbated by stress.
Oklahoma City 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 Norman drug store.
Clenching and grinding the teeth is common for stressed-out Norman residents, and often it’s done unconsciously. Here at OKC Smiles our friendly and outgoing 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 Norman dental patients may find that when they are under stress it is more common to neglect their oral hygiene habits. Many people in the Norman area 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 OKC Smiles today. We treat patients from age 40 to 60 and we offer cosmetic dentistry, dental implants, sedation dentistry, and general dentistry. We hope to hear from you soon!
Dr. Mark Phan & Dr. Mark Phan
930 SW 107th St
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma