I personally do not have a problem with stress. After all … Look at what I do for a living!
Stress has some good points. Athletes stress their bodies to build up endurance and strength.
Entrepreneurs, engineers, doctors and others deal with stressful situations to come up with ideas and products that help people. Military personnel train to be able to deal with stressful situations. And lets not forget everyday heroes like those of us with families and careers can have periods of extreme stress. But, like cheesecake, too much can be destructive to us.

Excessive stress can contribute to several conditions that affect our mouths.
Stress may contribute to eating habits which can cause tooth decay and gum disease.
Many of us tend to eat poorly when we have stressful periods in our lives. We tend to eat foods higher in sugar like sodas and fast food. General care for our whole body health including our oral health, declines during periods of stress. Our priorities such as brushing, flossing and visiting the dentist for routine care, decline as we are pre occupied in dealing with our anxiety. We see increased canker sores due to decreased immune system capabilities from our over taxed bodies. Excessive stress can also cause hormonal changes which affect our mouths by having decreased saliva and an increased inability to combat infections. And finally, stress is a contributing factor to grinding and clenching of teeth which wears enamel quickly, can fracture teeth and restorations, and possibly cause changes to our jaw joint.

Physicians and dentists can help with useful advice to reduce stress. Dentists can provide a plan of action to help prevent negative changes in our oral health.
As always, if you have any questions feel free to call our office, Dental Wellness at Dry Creek at 303-773-9400 or email me, Dr. DiLizia,  personally at [email protected].

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