Hello, I’m Dr. Jeff Gray. At my La Mesa practice I have noticed more and more of my patients with stress-related dental issues. La Mesa 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.
La Mesa 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 Alpine, Jamul, or Santee drug store.
Clenching and grinding the teeth is common for stressed-out San Diego residents, and often it’s done unconsciously. Here at Jeff Gray DDS our friendly and professional 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 La Mesa dental patients may find that when they are under stress it is more common to neglect their oral hygiene habits. Many people in the Alpine, Jamul, and Santee 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 Jeff Gray DDS today. We treat patients from age 25 to 85 and we offer Invisalign, porcelain veneers, teeth whitening, and laser dentistry. We hope to hear from you soon!
Dr. Jeff Gray
Jeff Gray DDS
8555 Fletcher Pkwy Ste 102
La Mesa, California