Hello, I’m Dr. Kirk Johnson. At my Anchorage practice I have noticed more and more of my patients with stress-related dental issues. Anchorage 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.
Anchorage 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 Anchorage drug store.
Clenching and grinding the teeth is common for stressed-out Anchorage residents, and often it’s done unconsciously. It can also be a symptom of something more serious, like TMJ (temporomandibular joint syndrome). Here at Excellence In Dentistry, our caring 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 Anchorage cosmetic dental patients may find that when they are under stress it is more common to neglect their oral hygiene habits. Many people in the Anchorage 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 Excellence In Dentistry today. We treat patients from age 20 to 70 and we offer dental implants, porcelain veneers, Invisalign invisible braces, teeth whitening and more. We hope to hear from you soon!
Dr. Kirk Johnson
Excellence In Dentistry
1000 Omalley Rd, Ste 101
Anchorage, Alaska zip code