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Stress and Oral Health

Orchard Hill Dental is currently following the guidelines for Infection Control in order to maintain a safe environment for our patients and our staff. Please reach out if you have any questions, or are in need of dental care. We are open for emergency dental services.

When we are under stress, several dental problems can pop up. In times like these, you may notice a new problem that you haven’t dealt with before. We want to review some of these issues so you know how to treat them, either at home or in our office. Dr. Jessica Christy or a member of her dental team will work with you to find a solution that works best for you. You may contact Orchard Hill Dental’s Hendersonville, North Carolina dental practice by calling (828) 247-7001.

Stress and Oral Health Hendersonville, NC

Dental Issues Tied to Stress

Mouth Sores: Canker or cold sores are often caused by emotional stress. Not only that, but mouth sores can cause pain and feel uncomfortable for patients. If you have a mouth sore, swish warm salt water in your mouth and use topical anesthetic products.

TMJ: Temporomandibular joint disorders, or TMJ, is a dental problem that is often caused by stress. Clenching and grinding teeth in stressful situations and at night can cause headaches, tooth damage, jaw pain, and other symptoms. We can provide you with a nightguard to make sure your teeth are not damaged and your pain abates.

Poor Oral Hygiene and Diet: Patients who are stressed may not be giving themselves the time to brush teeth or floss regularly. In addition, a poor diet resulting from stress can cause a lack of vitamins and nutrients. These vitamins and nutrients not only benefit your physical health but your oral health as well. You can find vitamins in stores to make sure that you are supplementing your health.

Gum Disease: Being under stress can affect your immune system and can cause damage to your gums. Periodontitis, or gum disease, is an oral health problem that can cause gum recession and even tooth loss. We provide laser dentistry solutions to remove bacteria from beneath the gum line.

Dry mouth: A lack of saliva in your mouth can cause dry mouth. Saliva has many oral health benefits as it washes away food particles from your teeth and gums. Remember to hydrate often and even eat foods with high water content like fruits and vegetables. Use an alcohol-free mouth wash and continue to maintain your oral health at home.