Don’t Let Stress Sabotage Your Dental Care

dca-blog_article-07_stress-affects-oral-health

Doctors are always warning about how stress affects your body and mind, but few mention the many ways that worry can impact your oral health. Now, researchers found a direct link between stress and the state of our oral health. With new evidence showing that stress can contribute to dental problems, it’s important to know how to handle your hassles before personal strain causes dental pain.

The Dental Dangers of Stress

While we’re starting to see how stress can be a key factor in oral health, many may not be aware of the dental conditions it can cause. Check out this list of oral health risks:

  • Canker sores are a mystery to many but are often brought on by stress.
  • Dry mouth occurswhen the mouth lacks moisture and often results directly from stress or drugs that depression.
  • Burning mouth syndrome is felt in pain throughout the mouth and is often attributed to psychological problems.
  • Bruxism is another name for tooth grinding and another problem caused by stress.
  • Oral lichen planus appears as a series of oral sores and is thought to be a reaction to stress-induced viral infections.
  • TMJ/TMD can be caused by the tooth grinding and trauma that often occur when facing anxiety and depression.
  • Gum disease can make you more susceptible to infections like periodontal disease.

The Harm on Dental Care

Stress is often seen in direct dental damage, but it also has an indirect impact on your dental care habits. People feeling and facing stress tend to neglect their oral health hygiene, forgetting to brush and floss correctly, and skipping regular dentist visits. Many to start to eat poorly and choose more sugary options. This eventually leads to dental problems, which only increase their anxiety. So stress does more than cause dental damage, it’s also one of the painful effects.

The Path to Peace

While stress is a part of life, you need to learn how to handle your hassles in order to stay healthy. Try following these helpful tips to ease your mind and care for your body:

  • Keep up a good oral hygiene regimen.
  • See an affordable dentist in Philadelphia if you’re concerned that stress is harming your teeth and gums.
  • Eat a healthy, well-balanced diet.
  • Exercise regularly.
  • Get plenty of sleep.
  • Seek professional help if you experience extreme anxiety or depression.

To get the dental care you deserve from an affordable dentist in Philadelphia, call Gentle Dental of Pennsylvania today at (215) 789-9675 or make an appointment.

Gentle Dental offers affordable family dentistry and gentle, compassionate dental care in Philadelphia. With 14 affiliated practices in the Greater Philadelphia area, our offices are conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At Gentle Dental of Pennsylvania, we provide most dental services, from basic preventative care and general dentistry to specialized procedures and complete dental reconstruction. We accept most dental insurance plans and offer affordable financial solutions for any budget. Patient satisfaction is our top priority and we strive to provide the exceptional, affordable dental care and personal touch that lead to lasting relationships. A smiling patient is our greatest reward and we look forward to keeping those smiles healthy, beautiful, and bright. Discover an affordable dentist who truly cares at Gentle Dental of Pennsylvania.

Our patients leave smiling!
Patient Reviews
My experience here has been great! The staff is very professional & courteous.
Renae M.
They do great work very happy and I would recommend everyone to go there.
Elwood C.
As always, a great experience! Going to the dentist is usually not described in so many words, but the staff at Gentle Dental Haverford make you feel […]
Melissa B.
Natalie at springfield office is great! thorough, gentle and caring.
Edwin J.
Staff was very friendly and they were able to save me time by fitting me in for a cleaning in addition to my x-rays on the same day. Dr. Minetola […]
Ronald H.
The office was clean and the staff was friendly and professional. The doctor was very caring and helpful.
Shauna M.
Short wait, courteous personnel, and speedy procedures. Both Hygienist and DD were very responsive to my concerns. It might help if the procedures […]
Livio A.
I had a question of an item Dr Finkleman had done to my mouth. I returned and he explained again and things are perfect.
Audrey R.
Great service. Very welcoming and warm people. I was scared to death. I hate the dentist and they made it not so scary.
Erica C.
I found the office staff very nice and the dentist took his time with me and explained everything that I needed done
Frances B.
Pleasant and knowledgeable staff. Only thing that is bad is that lot can sometimes be really filled with cars
William M.
Excellent care, especially for an emergency visit.
Theresa M.
Natalie did a great job as usual with no pain.
Edwin J.
Everything was swift and organized. Was in and out and the staff was great.
Michael P.
Another great visit from the staff at Gentle Dental.
Albert M.
Staff very friendly, good timing,no long waits
Mildred T.
Pleased with visit and great staff
Yvette C.
The whole staff was very professional and caring.
Alisha W.
The women in that office were amazing!! They are all professional and very friendly. I would highly recommend them to anyone.
Marc H.
i just recently started going here. its a GREAT place to go!!!!!!! they are all so nice. I recommend this place to friends and family . I Love my […]
Alexis P.
Thanks for your proffesionalism Dr In and the whole staff.
Robert C.
nice and gentle
Joan D.
I never like going to the dentist until coming to Gentle Dental.. As I open the door Treat greeting from the ladies in the front windows.. Smiles […]
Jema G.
I like this practice and they are very good with chilren. I always have a good experience with my daughter.
Madelyn N.
i had been up all night with this bad pain so i got up and went down to GentalDental no appt. I walked in explained my problem and was told i could […]
Richard W.
Everything I went there for turned out fine.
Janet K.
Staff is the BEST! I also love the fact that it's an all female staff.
Crystal S.
My experience was great. Staff was great, no issue or problems. I actually look forward to my dental appointments.
Richard C.
dental hygienist was great. i believe name is erin. put me at ease enough to get the job done..and that is not an easy thing to do...
Barbara P.
Very patient freindy environment, always ask you are you OK? while servicing your teeth:-)
Mildred T.
I was taken right away, treated professionally and curtiously. Donna is great!
Joann C.
Everyone there in the Springfield, PA practice takes the time to explain every procedure, every step, and all are very pleasant and make you feel […]
Nancy H.
I think the girls were very friendly and easy to talk to. The dentist was super sweet and gentle. I didnt feel a thing well until the novacaine wore […]
Diana M.
I had a great visit. Everyone is so professional and my cleaning was great. I can't wait until my next visit!
Megan R.
excellent service!!!!
Antonia N.
Very satisfied with overall experience ! Tooth looks great , would never know anything was done to it :)
Carol R.
Saw me immediately for dental emergency
James K.
Everyone is always so friendly and caring! To say the staff go above and beyond is an understatement!
Sarah W.
Dr. Wendy and her assistant were amazing. I was very nervous about the procedure, and they made me feel comfortable and relaxed.
Allison F.
I was very pleased with the service and treatment.
John H.
Everyone is very nice!
Jeanette R.
The best dental care I've ever received.
Robert G.
Great place and people
Angela H.
Great appointment as always!
Lucy D.
Very pleasant atmosphere and people are very attentive. They make you feel very comfortable.
Nancy H.
great fast service and nice people.
Christopher K.
Thorough, accurate, enjoying their work. Calm and unhurried.
Jessica Y.
Excellent service on an emergency appt....
Elizabeth R.
Very friendly and efficient staff.
Michael S.
Very friendly, would definitely return.
Shikina M.
We Accept Most Insurance Plans!
Learn More

We accept most insurance plans and will be happy to help you understand the coverage that you have. We will do our best to see that you receive your maximum insurance benefits for all covered services.

No Insurance? No Worries! See our discounts and offers here

Office Hours
    Get in touch:
    • Phone: (215) 789-9675