Hello, I’m cosmetic dentist Dr. Stephen Ratcliff. At my Arlington TX practice I have noticed more and more of my patients with stress-related dental issues. Arlington TX area men and women may not think about it, but stress can do a number on your oral health.
Mouth sores, clenching and grinding, periodontal disease, and poor oral hygiene can all be exacerbated by stress.
Arlington TX 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 Arlington TX area drug store.
Clenching and grinding the teeth is common for stressed-out Arlington residents, and often it’s done unconsciously. Here at Stephen Ratcliff, Family & Cosmetic Dentistry our warm and friendly 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 Arlington TX family dentistry patients may find that when they are under stress it is more common to neglect their oral hygiene habits. Many people in the Arlington TX 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 Stephen Ratcliff, Family & Cosmetic Dentistry today. We treat patients from age 25 to 85 and we offer dental implants, teeth whitening, cosmetic dentistry, and Invisalign clear braces. We hope to hear from you soon!
Dr. Stephen Ratcliff
Stephen Ratcliff, Family & Cosmetic Dentistry
909 W Mitchell St