Oral Health in Custer: Stress And Your Smile

oral health in custer

Doctors have been telling us for years that stress can increase the risk of everything from high blood pressure to depression. But how often do we think about how stress impacts our oral health in Custer? Here are some dental problems linked to stress.

Canker and Cold Sores

Cold sores are a symptom of the herpes simplex virus. Scientists don’t know exactly what causes canker sores but suspect they are related to infection, virus, or a weak immune system. If you are prone to mouth sores, you probably already know that stress seems to bring them on. If you frequently get these sores, talk to your doctor or dentist. Your healthcare provider can advise you on medications, diet, and stress reduction techniques to improve your oral health in Custer.

Teeth Grinding

It’s no surprise that teeth grinding (bruxism) is bad for teeth. It starts with enamel wear, then loose teeth, and eventually tooth loss. During this progression, there may be other troubles such as gum recession, headaches, and TMD (Temporomandibular Disorders). If you grind your teeth, it’s critical to address this condition as soon as possible. In addition to stress, there are many factors that can cause or exacerbate bruxism. These include malocclusion (bad bite), sleep apnea, and prescription depression and anxiety medications.

Your dentist may prescribe an appliance to protect your teeth and keep your jaw in the proper position while you are sleeping. Other treatments include cognitive behavior therapy, relaxation therapies, mandibular advancement devices, physical therapy, and medication. Your dentist can create a treatment plan and work with you and your doctor to manage or eliminate this condition.

Temporomandibular Disorders

There are many direct and indirect causes of TMD. For example, inability to manage stress may cause jaw clenching which, in turn, causes pain in the jaw joint. Other symptoms of TMD include tenderness, pain, or swelling in the neck, ear, face, or shoulder; popping or clicking sounds; and changes in bite alignment. If you experience any of these, talk to your dentist.

Oral Hygiene and Gum Disease

Some people forget to brush and floss when they are stressed, so always remember to take care of our oral health in Custer. Furthermore, stress can reduce your ability to fight plaque build-up, which can lead to gum disease.

Diet and Oral Health in Custer

It’s not uncommon for people to consume more sugar, snack more often between meals, or drink more alcoholic beverages when experiencing increased stress. On top of this, oral hygiene usually isn’t a person’s first priority when they become too stressed. Tooth pain and untreated dental issues will only give you something else to worry about. Let’s nip this vicious cycle in the bud.

If you haven’t seen a dentist in a while and are experiencing an unusually stressful period, I invite you to schedule an appointment with The Destination Dentist by calling our office today. Let’s determine the status of your oral health in Custer and schedule treatment if necessary.

Together, we can create a plan to restore and maintain a healthy smile. My knowledgeable dental team will make you feel relaxed during your stress-free visit to our comfortable office. Our office provides several services, such as Cosmetic Dentistry, Gum Disease Treatment, and Family Dentistry. Remember, a healthy smile will give you one less thing to worry about.

Contact Destination Dentistry:

605-593-9821

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

141 N 5th St
Custer, South Dakota
57730

 

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Destination Dentistry
Dr. Diana Latinow DDS, MSD
At Destination Dentistry, we offer a wide variety of dental services, including cosmetic and family dentistry, as well as sedation dentistry and TMJ treatment. Call us today to schedule an appointment if you are in Custer or Black Hills area.
141 N 5th St
Custer, SD 57730
Call: 605-673-2011605-593-9821
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