Hello, We are Dr. J. Scott & Pranee White. At our Midlothian practice we have noticed more and more of our patients with stress-related dental issues. Midlothian 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.
Midlothian 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 Bon Air, Midlothian VA, or Richmond drug store.
Clenching and grinding the teeth is common for stressed-out Richmond residents, and often it’s done unconsciously. Here at White & White our relaxing 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 Midlothian dental patients may find that when they are under stress it is more common to neglect their oral hygiene habits. Many people in the Bon Air, Midlothian VA, and Richmond 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 White & White today. We treat patients from age 55 to 85 and we offer sedation dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, dental implants, and Invisalign clear braces. We hope to hear from you soon!
J. Scott & Pranee White
White & White
1690 Huguenot Rd
Midlothian, Virginia zip code