From March Madness to “Mouth Madness”

added on: March 7, 2018

man smiling on basketball courtLearn About Stress & Oral Health

Things are starting to heat up in the world of college hoops and we can feel the excitement in our Lafayette dental office. If you’re a patient of Christian Mazur or Dr. Trevor Murray, then you probably know they’re both following the progress of leaders and the downfall of all the losers.

These highly skilled and highly passionate dental health professionals are both proud graduates of the Indiana University School of Dentistry. They’re always willing to go the extra mile to make every patient feel comfortable and have a slum dunk smile.

March Madness is crazy fun on the courts, but don’t let the stress of the playoffs (and life) give you “Mouth Madness.” It’s one game you don’t want to play!

How Stress Affects Your Oral Health

Stress. We all experience it, some of us more than others. It can result from a high-pressure job, hard times in life, or when there’s just too much to do. And while a little stress is to be expected, too much stress can cause serious health problems throughout your body, including your mouth. All of us at Allure Dental want to talk a little bit about the ways stress can put your mouth in danger.

Bruxism – Stress can often lead to bruxism, also known as a tooth grinding. When you grind your teeth at night, sometimes without even realizing it, it can lead to tooth damage and can even cause problems with your TMJ (jaw joint).

Dry Mouth – Dry mouth results when the mouth doesn’t produce enough saliva and can cause tooth decay and increase the risk of gum disease. Dry mouth can often result from conditions caused by stress or as a side effect of prescriptions used to treat stress or depression.

Canker Sores – Canker sores can sometimes be brought on by stress and, while they are harmless, they can be quite painful.

Gum Disease – Since long-term stress affects the immune system, it’s especially concerning for your Lafayette dentist. When your immune system is affected by stress, the risk of periodontal disease is greatly increased.

While we know it’s nearly impossible to avoid all stress, we do want to encourage our patients to understand how it affects your oral and overall health. If you’re experiencing any of the symptoms we discussed (or want to find out who we’re rooting for in the playoffs), please call Allure Dental to schedule an appointment! We’ll work together to find the best solution for you, get your mouth healthy, and make sure you’re always prepared to be a star in the game of life.

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