Most people 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. The team at La Cost Dental Excellence in Carlsbad reminds you that stress can impact your oral health, too.
Stress that is not sensibly 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 hazards are teeth grinding, jaw clenching, smoking, and the overconsumption of sugary foods. But did you know that stress can also increase plaque generation, trigger canker sores and increase the risk of gum disease? Another problem is that when men and women are under excessive stress, they often neglect basic oral hygiene.
It’s ironic, but for some people, visiting the dentist causes major anxiety. What if the thought of visiting a dentist sends your blood pressure through the roof? Talk to us about sedation dentistry.
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