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The Dangers of Having Stress On Your Oral Health

Stress can plague every part of the body by hurting the immune system and sparking a variety of physical ailments. Unfortunately, the mouth isn’t spared from these effects. With the lazy days of summer now behind us, your mouth may be feeling the strain of a more hectic schedule. Foothills Dental explain a few signs of a stressed-out smile, and how they can help.


Canker Sores. Just the name is wince-worthy! It’s unknown why exactly these unpleasant sores erupt, but they are linked to stress. Canker sores are small, sensitive ulcers that often appear in the mouth after an illness or an emotional event that has lowered the immune system. When battling these sores, stay away from spicy and acidic foods. Reliable treatments are available over the counter, but visit Foothills Dental if the issue persists or worsens. Foothills dentists can reduce the pain of canker sores with laser treatment.


Bruxism. There’s just something about stress that triggers the jaw to clench – consciously and subconsciously. Known medically as Bruxism, teeth grinding can lead to horrible jaw, ear and neck pain and molars that resemble worn-down stumps. Try to remain aware of the tightness of your jaw. Night guards are recommended to protect teeth while sleeping.


TMJ Disorders. Bruxism often leads to TMJ disorders. This condition occurs when the tempomandibular joint (connecting the jaw to the skull) experiences immense pressure from frequent teeth grinding. A TMJ disorder can result in severe headaches, neck aches, ear pain and difficulty opening the mouth. Foothills Dental treats these disorders by assessing each patient’s bite, identifying the jaw’s ideal placement and prescribing a custom orthotic to ease jaw pressure.


Dry Mouth. Stess-induced conditions and medications commonly used to treat anxiety can both cause dry mouth. This may not seem like an urgent issue, but a lack of saliva in the mouth results in lingering bacteria and unpleasant breath. When experiencing dry mouth, drink plenty of water and use mouth rinse to wash away dangerous oral bacteria. Foothills Dental can provide patients with a custom-fitted fluoride tray capable of limiting damage associated with dry mouth.



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Gum disease

Healthy teeth aren’t the only important aspects of your smile. Your gums are equally important. Gum disease in its early stage is known as gingivitis, and at this stage you can still reverse it. Untreated gingivitis can advance to periodontitis.

If left untreated, gum disease can lead to tooth loss, forcing patients to get dental implants or even full dentures to replace missing teeth. Gum disease has also been linked to serious health problems such as diabetes and heart disease. Some warning signs of gum disease include bleeding gums, consistent bad breath, loose teeth, tender, swollen gums and gums that have pulled away from your teeth.

We want you to have healthy teeth and gums for life. Follow these five steps to help prevent gum disease.


1. Floss and Brush Daily
Gum disease prevention starts with meticulous oral hygiene. Remember to floss at least once daily and brush at least twice daily. Floss between each tooth, curving the floss in a C-shape to slide beneath the gums. Brush the top, front and back of each tooth. Carry dental floss with you to remove any especially sticky snacks from between your teeth when you’re on the go. You can also use a fluoride or antiplaque mouthwash after flossing and brushing to make sure you remove as much bacteria and food debris as possible.


2. Visit Your Dentist Regularly
You’ve probably heard this one before: Visit your general dentist twice a year for optimum oral health. This step is extremely important to periodontal disease prevention. Only a dentist will be able to tell if your gums show signs of gingivitis or periodontal disease. Our practice will give you a periodontal screening at each visit. The cleaning is just as important as your screening. Your dental hygienist will give your teeth a thorough cleaning, removing as much plaque, tartar and calculus as possible. Calculus is hardened plaque that only dentists and dental hygienists can remove. We clean gently above and below the gum line, and in some cases we use ultrasonic waves to provide a deep cleaning.


3. Eat a Balanced Diet
Oral health doesn’t hinge solely on brushing and flossing. Eating healthy foods is good for your body, your teeth and gums. In general, fruits and vegetables are good for your oral health, but some foods are better than others. Crunchy fruits such as apples and pears help clean your teeth, while soft fruits such as strawberries, blackberries and bananas can stay on our teeth after mealtimes. Likewise, raw fibrous vegetables – think cucumbers, celery, carrots and broccoli – clean lingering food particles from your teeth. Drinking lots of water will encourage your saliva to flow, which helps break down food in your mouth. Keep your sugar intake low, as sugar can help acids form in your mouth, leading to cavities and decay.


4. Stop Smoking
Smoking isn’t good for your gums. Smokers are more likely to have dental calculus than nonsmokers. When calculus stays on your teeth, it pulls your gums away from your teeth and forms pockets. These pockets harbor bacteria and disease, harming your gums and bones. Smokers are also more likely to have deteriorated bone and tissue that provide essential support for their teeth. Kicking the habit will help prevent the onset or progression of periodontal disease.


5. Straighten Your Teeth
Crooked teeth can be difficult to clean. Our Hinton Dental office provides orthodontic treatment to help you straighten your teeth. You may be interested in Orthodontic treatment if your teeth are crooked. Orthodontic braces move your teeth gently in line with removable plastic aligners. Straight teeth are much easier to maintain than crooked teeth. You’ll remove more food particles and bacteria from straight teeth during brushing and flossing than you will with crooked teeth.


Contact our office to schedule a routine appointment and have your gums checked for gingivitis and periodontal disease. Your oral health is important to us.



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