Did you know that May is Mental Health Awareness Month?  Anxiety and stress can have detrimental effects on oral and overall health.  The following except from an article on this topic illustrates some of these effects.  We strive to keep your oral health care as relaxing and stress-free as possible.  Slow, deep breathing through your nose and into your stomach is a great way to de-stress and lower your anxiety.  As always, let us know how you are feeling before and during your appointments.

Anxiety disorders contribute to oral health problems

Anxiety disorders, which include phobias, panic attacks, generalized anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorders (PTSD), are serious conditions with oral health implications that can be treated with a variety of methods.

Our health problems associated with anxiety disorders include canker sores, dry mouth, Lichen Planus (lacy white lines, red areas or mouth ulcers), burning mouth syndrome, and temporomandibular joint disorders.

Patients with anxiety disorders may disregard their oral  health altogether and are at an increased risk for dental caries, periodontal disease, and bruxism (grinding).  Anxiety could be caused by being anxious of a needle and complicate procedures.

Some medications decrease the mouth's abillity to produce saliva, which can increase the risk of developing tooth decay and periodontal disease.  Other medications' side effects include dry mouth, vomiting (which could cause tooth decay and erosion), anemia and bleeding.




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1139 Burnt Tavern Road
Bricktown, NJ 08724