Hello, I’m Dr. Gordon West. At my Lafayette, CO practice I have noticed more and more of my patients with stress-related cosmetic dentistry issues. Lafayette, CO 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.
Lafayette, CO 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 Lafayette, CO drug store.
Clenching and grinding the teeth is common for stressed-out Lafayette, CO residents, and often it’s done unconsciously. Here at Gordon West DDS, Cosmetic & General Dentistry our staff that provides state-of-the-art dental care in a comfortable environment 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 Lafayette, CO dental patients may find that when they are under stress it is more common to neglect their oral hygiene habits. Many people find that they eat more sugary snacks when they’re under stress. If going to the dentist gives you dental anxiety, we also offer sedation dentistry at our practice.
If you’re concerned about the effect stress can have on your teeth, schedule an appointment at Gordon West DDS, Cosmetic & General Dentistry today. We treat patients from age 25 to 75 and we offer porcelain veneers, dental implants, prepless veneers, and dental crowns. We hope to hear from you soon!
Dr. Gordon West
Gordon West DDS, Cosmetic & General Dentistry
1140 W South Boulder Rd, Ste 201
Lafayette, Colorado 80026