The Effects of Stress on your Oral Health

The stress in your life can have a negative effect on your teeth, jaw and your overall health. At Gentle Care Dentistry we particularly focus on your oral health, but we believe that looking after your overall health is just as important. Effects of stress on your oral health We understand that stress can lead to particular problems for your oral health including: Mouth sores or cold sores are caused mostly from emotional stress Increase in teeth grinding including an increase during your sleep Increase in constant clenching of your teeth which can cause sore jaw and teeth Temporomandibular disorders (TMD) is a condition that affects the jaw joint. Stress is a factor of TMD and can aggravate

Wisdom Teeth

What are wisdom teeth? Wisdom teeth are a set of four teeth that erupt into the back four corners of the mouth. This usually occurs between the ages of 17 to 21. Do they always need to be removed? No, not everyone will need to have their wisdom teeth removed. If there is enough space to accommodate the wisdom teeth, or if they are not causing any pain, or if good oral hygiene can be achieved, there is no need to remove them. The main reasons why wisdom teeth are recommended to be removed are if oral hygiene is difficult, decay or frequent infection of the gum around the teeth. What are some of the symptoms of wisdom teeth infection? Some of the signs include: Red, inflamed gum near the wisd

Tips for a Good Night Sleep

At Gentle Care Dentistry, we believe that looking after your overall health is just as important in ensuring you look after your oral health. Why is sleep important for your health? There are many benefits of getting a good nights rest, including: Improved memory. Longer life expectancy with too much and too little sleep associated with a shorter lifespan. Reduce inflammation – people who get 6 hours or less of sleep a night have higher blood levels of inflammatory proteins. Improved grades at school due to improvements with attention and learning. Lower stress levels and in turn better control of blood pressure. Sleep is also important for your oral health! Sleep allows your immune system t

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