How Stress Affects Your Oral Health

Feeling stressed? In this recent video, Dr. James McCall explains how stress affects your entire body, including your mouth. When you are stressed and not handling the stress well, your entire body suffers.

Stress Increases Chances of Mouth Sores and Gum Disease

Both gum disease and mouth sores, such as canker and cold sores, can be triggered by stress. In the case of mouth sores, it appears the body’s response to stress can cause these painful sores to develop. While there’s little you can do to stop them, in the case of cold sores, which are contagious, getting antiviral treatment early can help lessen the length of the sores.

Gum disease often occurs because of the distraction you face when under stress. This can cause you to ignore proper brushing and flossing, which increases your chances of developing gum disease.

Stress Hurts Your Diet

When you are stressed, you are more prone to eating sugary snack foods. These foods increase your risk for tooth decay and gum disease. A healthy, well-balanced diet will not only keep you healthy enough to deal with stress more effectively, but it will also protect your teeth from the dangers of too much sugar.

Better Strategies for Dealing with Stress

Stress happens, no matter what you do. To protect your oral health, you must learn how to deal with that stress.

Instead of turning to junk food, plan for regular exercise. Exercise helps you manage stress more effectively and releases endorphins you need to stay stress-free. Remind yourself of the importance of your daily oral hygiene routine and the need to eat a healthy, balanced diet. By doing these things, your stress will not have as much of an impact on your oral health.

If you want more ideas about protecting your oral health during times of stress, contact Dr. McCall to learn more.

Considerations When Choosing a New Dentist

As you start the search for a new dentist, you need to remember that not all dentists are the same. Dentists today perform a wide range of services, from making the teeth look more cosmetically appealing to helping them be stronger and straighter. As Dr. McCall explains in this video, you need to ask some questions before you make that first appointment.

First, look for a dentist who gives details. Your dentist should tell you what your problem is and what caused it, how much and how long it will take to treat and what further actions you should take to care for your teeth in the future. Ask your dentist if you can have those recommendations and cost estimates in writing, which will help you make wise decisions.

When visiting a dentist for the first time, inquire about whether the office has a low-cost or free consultation option for new patients. A dentist who is confident in his or her work will offer this to give you the chance to get to know the office before scheduling an expensive appointment.

Before scheduling an appointment, learn about the financing options the dentist offers. Many procedures can be more costly than you might think, and you need to know that you have an option to pay for them, even if you don’t have the cash upfront.

Finally, ask some questions before you make an appointment. Find out what the dentist’s specialty is, and make sure it fits your needs. Then, ask whether or not the dentist will take x-rays, and opt for one with digital x-rays when possible. Also, don’t be afraid to ask for references. A quality dentist will be happy to provide them.

Your dentist is not a decision to take lightly. As this video shows, you have many considerations to make before choosing one. Make them carefully, and enjoy the benefit of a dentist who will provide the quality of care you and your family need for optimum oral health.

Cavity Care

Everybody wants an attractive smile. While beauty is indeed in the eye of the beholder, certain constants define our ideals in dental excellence; white, even teeth with little crowding and minimal gaps.

More important than cosmetic perfection, though, is good dental health and hygiene. Most of us want our teeth to last a lifetime — and they can — but there’s a major threat which may be undermining that ambition without our even being aware of it: cavities. Cavities by far outstrip any other complaint in prompting unscheduled visits to the dentist, and affect around 90 percent of the population at one time or another. Read More »