Stress and Oral Health

Barataria Dental will be closed March 18 – April 16. The health and safety of our patients and staff are of utmost importance to us. As per state mandate, our office will be closed for the next 30 days. We will continue to consult over the phone with our patients of record who have been to our office for an exam and x-rays within the last 18 months during regular office hours.

We want to remind our patients to be aware of their oral health during this time, as well as the link between stress and oral health problems. Being aware of this link will make it easier for these issues to be diagnosed and treated.

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Dental Problems Tied to Stress

TMJ: Temporomandibular joint disorders can be caused by stress. Clenching and grinding teeth in stressful situations and at night can cause headaches, tooth damage, jaw pain, and other painful symptoms.

Poor Oral Hygiene and Diet: Patients who are stressed may not be giving themselves the time to brush teeth or floss regularly. In addition, a poor diet resulting from stress can cause a lack of vitamins and nutrients. These vitamins and nutrients not only benefit your physical health but your oral health as well.

Gum Disease: Being under stress can affect your immune system and can cause damage to your gums. Periodontitis, or gum disease, is an oral health problem that may cause bleeding gums, gum recession, and even tooth loss.

Dry mouth: A lack of saliva in your mouth can cause dry mouth. Saliva has many oral health benefits as it washes away food particles from your teeth and gums.

Mouth Sores: Canker or cold sores are often caused by emotional stress. They can also cause pain and feel uncomfortable for patients.

Contact Our Office

Dr. Maria Burmaster is a dentist in Marrero, LA that is passionate about treating patients with care. You may call her office at 504.358.8632 for relaxing and professional dental care.