How Stress Affects Your Oral Health

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For most of us, life is hectic and stressful. Sometimes stress can become so overwhelming; it begins to take a toll on our physical health as well as our mental health. It can even have a negative impact on our oral health.

If you find that your life is particularly stressful, it’s essential to visit your Yuma dentist regularly—especially if you see yourself dealing with any of the following oral health concerns.

Ways Stress Can Impact Your Oral Health

Dealing with stress in your life can impact your oral health in some ways:

  • Poor oral hygiene—It’s easy to skip brushing and flossing when you are stressed and feel like you have too much to do. You might also find yourself too busy to see your dentist regularly.
  • Gum disease—Stress can have a negative impact on your immune system, making you more susceptible to infections such as gum disease.
  • Poor diet—When you are busy, grabbing unhealthy fast food might become a habit. Too much fast food might mean you are not getting the nutrients you need for optimal health.
  • Teeth grinding—If you are under a lot of stress, you might be grinding your teeth at night and waking up with a headache or a sore jaw.
  • Mouth sores—One of the primary causes of mouth sores, including canker sores and cold cores, is stress.

How to Deal with Stress

It’s important to manage your stress to protect not only your oral health but also your overall well-being. Here are some suggestions:

  • Find an activity you like that keeps you moving on a regular basis. Exercise is a great way to help reduce stress.
  • Get plenty of sleep.
  • Get the nutrition you need by eating a healthy diet.
  • Don’t skimp on your oral health. Take the time to brush and floss—and be sure to visit your Yuma dentist twice each year for examinations and cleanings.

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Don’t let stress ruin your oral health! Give Dr. Sam Carroll a call and make an appointment today.

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Irene Peters
Irene Peters
20:05 09 Dec 17
Dr. Carroll has state-of-the-art equipment and can do it all. I was able to get my new crown replaced on the same day with only the one visit. I've been going there for years and never had to wait past my appointment time. The office staff are all friendly, helpful, efficient, prompt, and make you feel at home and more importantly, comfortable. Dr. Carroll remembers details from prior visits and always follows up on them. A real bonus for me is that he has a way with giving the shots to numb your mouth without it hurting! I'm very grateful for the excellent care I get from Dr. Carroll and his staff.
Audrianna Daniel
Audrianna Daniel
16:55 25 Jan 18
I had such a wonderful experiance at this office! Switching from another local dentist was the best decision I ever made. Shanel, the hygienist, was absolutely amazing and Dr. Carroll was incredibly down to earth and attentive to any questions or concerns. The whole staff is just awesome and I can't recommend this office enough!
Carla Wolfe
Carla Wolfe
00:59 14 Jun 17
I was terrified of the dentist from past bad experience. My daughter had a traumatic experience at a local dentist as well. We have both started seeing Dr. Carroll and have had the most comfortable, reassuring experience. They are kind, knowledgeable and patient!! Thank you Dr. Carroll and Staff!! Second visit - 2/4/16 - Deep Clean Procedure and a Wisdom tooth extraction - Again, I can't say enough about my visit. The staff from the moment you walk in the door are professional and friendly. My procedure was 99.5% pain free and the extraction was 100% pain free. I was given information every step of the way and was made to feel comfortable at all times. This is an office with compassion, caring and understanding. I highly recommend this practice. I can't say thank you enough for the positive experience and dental work. Thank you!!
Lucinda Fox
Lucinda Fox
03:05 21 Jun 17
I have had an excellent experience with Dr. Carroll over the past -I have been with him since he started practice in Yuma. He and his staff have always treated me professionally and respectfully. I say 'had' because I just moved out of state and now I hope to find a new dentist as skilled as Dr. Carroll. My last visit was a highlight for me. He gave me a brand new, much improved smile by replacing my top front six teeth with crowns made by him on site. The change is amazing and I say "thank you Dr. Carroll!"
Sandy Baas
Sandy Baas
19:00 19 Oct 17
Sam Carroll , DMD, is knowledgable about all the latest and most effective dental procedures and treatment to make you SMILE... I have seen a caring and gentle approach with the very young patients ( My Grandaughter) and the concern he had with my 90 year old Father. Very comfortable yet professional atmosphere at all times!
Jill Castaneda
Jill Castaneda
20:20 21 Sep 17
Thank you for getting my son in and removing his wisdom tooth today. I would also like to thank you for the amazing service we received from everyone in the office and especially Dr. Carroll!! We couldn't have asked for a better experience. Dr. Carroll and his staff are the best.
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