Hello, I’m Dr. Marcos Ortega. At my San Diego cosmetic dental practice I have noticed more and more of my patients with stress-related dental issues. San Diego 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.
San Diego 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 San Diego area drug store.
Clenching and grinding the teeth is common for stressed-out San Diego residents, and often it’s done unconsciously. Here at Marcos Ortega DDS our very comfortable and friendly 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 San Diego dental patients may find that when they are under stress it is more common to neglect their oral hygiene habits. Many people in the San Diego area 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 Marcos Ortega DDS today. We even offer emergency dental care. We treat patients from age 25 to 75 and we offer dental implants, porcelain veneers, dental crowns, and teeth whitening. We hope to hear from you soon!
Marcos Ortega DDS
306 Walnut Ave, Ste 25
San Diego, California 92103