February 2023

Is Stress Affecting Your Oral Health?

Sleeping insomnia men. You know the signs that you are stressed out: you get a headache, your muscles tighten up, and your mind races. Constant stress affects your body and your mind – but did you know that it can also affect your oral health?

How Is Stress Affecting You?

Stress may be the motivator you need at certain times in life, but it can also mean physical and mental discomfort. And it can cause oral problems as well, such as:

  • Oral hygiene problems. When you are stressed out and exhausted at the end of the day, the last thing on your mind is probably flossing and brushing. This, of course, can lead to tooth decay and all kinds of problems. Besides remembering to care for your teeth every day, you should also make sure that you don’t develop bad habits to try to deal with stress, such as chewing on pens or pencils or biting your nails.
  • Tooth issues. Bruxism (tooth grinding) may be one way your body tries to deal with stress and anxiety. You may do this in the middle of the day during a stressful situation, or you may do it when you sleep and not even know it. Bruxism can cause damage to teeth, making them crack, break, or wear down.
  • Gum issues. When we are under stress, our bodies release cortisol, a hormone that can eventually wear down the effectiveness of the immune system. This makes it harder for the body to fight infection, which makes the gums more susceptible to damage from bacteria in the mouth. This can lead to gum disease, which, if left untreated, can lead to tooth loss. When you’ve been under constant stress, you may notice that your gums are swollen and that they often bleed.

Of course, reducing your stress level is easier said than done, but it might be something to try for, not only for your health but also so that you can enjoy life more! If your teeth are suffering because of your hectic life, contact the Bentz Dental Implant & Prosthodontic Center for help. Call the office in East Norriton, PA, at (610) 272-6949 to make an appointment today.

Why Do I Have White Spots on My Teeth?

Young female girl with a perfect smile wearing sweater We all want nice white teeth, but what if your teeth aren’t just white: what if you have white, splotchy patches on them instead? You may be upset because you feel like these spots are ruining your smile, but are they something you should see your dentist about?

What Are Those White Spots?

“White lesions” are the technical term for those spots, and, yes, you should see your dentist about them! They can be a sign that your teeth are lacking enamel – that outermost layer that helps to protect the inner layers. There can be a few different reasons why you have white lesions:

  • A buildup of plaque. If your oral hygiene routine isn’t as good as it should be, plaque can buildup on teeth and cause white spots (just one more reason to make sure you brush and floss thoroughly every day!). These white spots are an early sign of cavities forming.
  • Poor diet. If you eat a diet full of too many sugary or acidic foods, it can wear down your tooth enamel. If you suffer from acid reflux, the acid can also eat away at tooth enamel and cause damage.
  • Fluorosis. We need fluoride for healthy teeth – especially when we are younger and our permanent teeth are coming in. However, if a child gets too much fluoride during those crucial years, it can actually lead to a weakening of the enamel, which results in tooth discoloration and white lesions. Children can get too much fluoride by drinking too many fluoridated beverages or by swallowing toothpaste with fluoride in it.
  • Enamel hypoplasia. This is when a person has a very thin enamel on the teeth, or maybe the enamel is missing altogether. It can be the result of a mom smoking when she was pregnant, a mineral loss because of a nutritional deficiency, or certain medications.

If you have white spots on your teeth, if your teeth are causing you pain or discomfort, or if you are just due for a cleaning, make an appointment at Bentz Dental Implant & Prosthodontic Center! Call the office in East Norriton, PA, at (610) 272-6949 today!


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