Many people suffer from anxiety disorders and post-traumatic stress disorders (PTSD). Examples of anxiety disorders include panic attacks, phobias, general anxiety, and PTSD. Sometimes, the disorder leads directly to oral health problems. These debilitating feelings may also have implications for oral health. Poor oral health care creates a potential for serious dental maladies to develop over time. Fort Worth dentist, Dr. Bob Jing, explains why people with anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorders should discuss their oral health issues with their dentist.
Oral Health Problems Compounded by Anxiety
People with anxiety are more prone to dental health issues such as dry mouth, temporomandibular joint disorders (TMJ), canker sores, cold sores, and burning mouth syndrome. Lichen Planus is a condition where patients develop lacy white lines, ulcers, or red spots in their mouth as a direct result of stress and nerves. Medications to treat anxiety disorders may impact your oral health. For example, the medications may reduce the ability of the mouth to produce saliva. If this happens, the patient develops dry mouth and a greater possibility of gum disease and tooth decay.
Oral Care Issues Leading to Decay and Disease
Patients who have anxiety disorders are often so paralyzed by their condition that they find it hard to function. This unfortunately means a regular dental self-care routine might fall by the wayside. And of course, never mind six month checkups and cleanings. Slight nervousness about dental appointments is one thing, but if you are so anxious that you avoid going to the dentist for years on end, you are putting yourself at a much higher risk for periodontal disease, cavities, tooth decay, and possibly much worse. Talk to our team at 7 Day Dental Center if you suffer from anxiety disorder and we may be able to offer solutions such as light sedation.
Consult with your Fort Worth General Dentist
At 7 Day Dental Center, Dr. Bob Jing and our team of dental professionals offer convenience, comfort, and the latest in quality family dentistry. With a focus on patient education and access to advanced dental technology, we can help you achieve a brighter, healthier smile. To schedule an appointment, call our office at (817) 405-2001. We proudly service the residents of Fort Worth, Haltom City, Sansom Park, White Settlement, and surrounding communities.