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    • 02 JUL 20
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    Is Stress Causing Damage to Your Oral Health?

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    No doubt we have all experienced some stress over the past few months. Stress plagues 47 percent of all Americans and is a common cause of overall health problems, including your oral health. Now is the time to make an appointment with Dr. Angela S. Evanson, DDS to make sure that your teeth have not been negatively affected during the stress of the recent pandemic. Most everyone experiences stress, which can lead to chronic oral and overall health problems when stress-relief methods aren’t utilized.

    Stress and Your Oral Health

    If you’re under a lot of stress, your oral health may suffer and manifest these symptoms:

    Cold Sores

    Cold sores will heal on their own in seven to ten days, but the life of a cold sore can be reduced with medication, if caught in the early stages. The virus that causes cold sores is contagious, so avoid direct contact with others and start treatment as soon as you notice one forming. Over-the-counter remedies and prescription antiviral drugs will help. If you have outbreaks often, talk to Dr. Evanson to see what treatment she recommends.

    Cold sores can cause excruciating pain and may also cause difficulty in drinking enough fluids. Dehydration can produce dry mouth which increases the chances of tooth decay. Your mouth’s first line of defense against bacteria is saliva, and without it there is an increased risk of tooth decay, gum disease and infection. 

    Bruxism (Teeth Grinding), and Jaw Tension

    Stress and anxiety can cause teeth grinding. Clenching your teeth, known as Bruxism, can also cause headaches and soreness in the jaw, face or neck. Bruxism exerts upwards of 200 pounds of pressure on the teeth and jaw joints and can damage your teeth and your tooth enamel by exposing deeper layers of your tooth. It can also cause damage to the temporomandibular joints — the joints on each side of the mouth that connect the lower jaw to the skull.

    If you have noticed that your teeth are flattened, it may be related to Bruxism. The only way to know if that is the cause, is to make an appointment with Dr. Evanson. She has many years of dental experience and is efficient at the diagnosis of oral diseases and conditions. During a routine check-up with state-of-the-art technology, such as digital x-rays, Dr. Evanson can diagnose your oral health needs.

    Digital x-rays take a picture of your teeth, but they also allow her to look at the roots below the gum line and your jaw bones. Knowing what you look like from the inside out, Dr. Evanson is better able to provide the oral care needed. In the case of grinding your teeth, she can observe symptoms, such as irregular wear on the surface of the teeth, and she might fit you with a night guard to protect your teeth from damage during sleep.

    Take the “Bite” Out of Stress

    There are ways to take the “bite” out of the effects of stress on your oral health.  Relaxation techniques, such as physical therapy, muscle relaxants, counseling or a regular exercise routine might be recommended to help reduce tension.

    As a General and Family Dentist, Dr. Evanson treats patients of all ages in the communities of Parker, Highlands Ranch, Aurora, Castle Rock and Lone Tree. Contact her online or call 720-409-0008 to make an appointment. She will thoroughly check the condition of your mouth and teeth to see if stress is taking a toll on your oral health. She is dedicated to helping you get you through this stressful time while she helps you to achieve and maintain a beautiful, healthy smile.

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