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How Does Stress Affect My Teeth?

Posted on 5/29/2019 by JP Dental & Implant Center
According to the American Institute of Stress, 3 out of every 4 visits to the doctor are for stress-related illnesses. When you get stressed out, your body undergoes hormonal changes that can have negative impacts on your health. So it should come as no surprise that stress affects your dental health as well. Stress and Teeth Grinding Teeth grinding, also called bruxism, is a telltale sign of an overstressed brain. Nervous tension, frustration, and anger often lead people to grind their teeth. A lot of people who grind their teeth do so at night, so many may not even realize that they have this condition. Signs of bruxism include: If you think that you may have bruxism, make sure to schedule an appointment with your dentist, because teeth grinding can lead to irreparable damage to your enamel. Stress and Gum Disease When you experience bouts of extreme stress or anxiety attacks, your entire body floods with a hormone called cortisol. Cortisol can lead the cells in your mouth to produce more proteins, which can increase inflammation in the gums. Signs of gum disease include: Dry mouth or xerostomia happens when your mouth does not produce enough saliva. Anxiety can cause this to occur for a number of reasons: Dry mouth entails more than just discomfort. You need saliva to help flush out bacteria and food particles, which keeps your mouth clean. So when you don’t produce enough saliva, these leftover food particles can erode away at your enamel and cause cavities. Let Us Help We want all of our patients to live a life with minimum amounts of stress. If you’re prone to bouts of anxiety or extreme stress, we recommend that, in addition to seeing a professional to help equip you with the tools that you need to combat it, you see a dentist to ensure that your dental health is not suffering. Set up an appointment with our office if you feel that you may have stress-induced or any oral health problems....

Why is Dental Health So Important?

Posted on 2/27/2018 by JP Dental & Implant Center
Recent studies have shown the condition of your teeth and gums can have an impact on your overall health. Proper oral care not only helps prevent bad breath, tooth decay, and gum disease, it may also help prevent or lessen the severity of many systemic conditions like heart disease. Problems Caused by Poor Oral Health At our practice in Grand Junction, CO, we see first hand what happens when people neglect their oral health. In most cases, these problems can be prevented with proper oral care. Some of the conditions that are caused by poor oral health include: Tooth Decay and Gum Disease Bacteria thrive in the moist, dark environment of our mouths. When we fail to properly clean our teeth and gums, this bacteria accumulates and creates a sticky plaque, which leads to tooth decay (cavities) and gum disease. Tooth Loss If we continue to neglect our oral care, tooth decay and gum disease can eventually lead to tooth loss. In fact, gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss among adults in the United States. Tooth loss is not just an aesthetic issue. Missing teeth can lead to other dental complications and make it difficult to chew certain foods, causing poor nutrition. Systemic Conditions A growing number of studies suggest that inflammation, like that caused by gum disease, is linked to systemic conditions such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and cancer. These systemic conditions affect the entire body. For a long time researchers thought that bacteria linked gum disease to these conditions; however, it’s now thought that inflammation from the gum disease infection is what is responsible for the association. Regardless, treating gum disease may help prevent or manage these systemic conditions. Follow Proper Oral Hygiene to Prevent Problems The most important thing you can do to maintain your oral health is to follow proper hygiene. We offer these tips on how to take proper care of your mouth: If you notice any signs of gum disease, such as bleeding while brushing, sore gums, or teeth that have shifted, see your dentist for an evaluation right away. The sooner gum disease is treated the better the outcome. Visit JP Dental and Implant Center If it’s been a while since you had a checkup and cleaning, we invite you to contact JP Dental and Implant Center to schedule an appointment. During your hygiene appointment, our team will examine your teeth and gums, looking for any signs of problems that may need attention. We are also happy to review proper brushing and flossing techniques with you after your cleaning to ensure you maintain the health of your smile for years to come....


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