With the continuing chaos of the global pandemic, many individuals have increased levels of stress. Heightened stress can be detrimental to your overall wellbeing, including your oral health.
Deteriorating oral health can mean your smile is losing its luster. Dr. James White, a dentist in Las Vegas, NV, describes three stress-related habits that can lead to you seeking cosmetic dentistry treatment to restore the appearance of your smile.
Stress can negatively impact sleeping patterns. If you wake up feeling groggy due to a lack of good-quality sleep, you may turn to beverages like coffee or tea for a caffeine boost to get you through your day.
However, dark-colored beverages, including tea and coffee, contain tannins that can absorb into tooth enamel and leave stains on your teeth. These cannot be removed with traditional brushing or flossing.
Adding milk to your drink can lower the chances of tooth discoloration, but to protect your tooth color, you should enjoy these beverages in moderation. If you notice staining, yellowing, or discoloration in your teeth, you should talk to your dentist about professional teeth whitening treatment.
Teeth grinding and clenching is a habit that can begin or worsen with heightened stress levels. The grating of the top row of teeth against the bottom creates abnormal pressure that can cause chips, cracks, or breaks in your teeth.
Many dental patients exhibit this behavior unconsciously, often while sleeping. For this reason, dentists recommend individuals who grind their teeth should wear a customized mouthguard overnight to protect their teeth from grinding while asleep.
Major damage to your teeth will require restorative dental work, but smaller breakage can be amended with cosmetic dental treatments. This includes teeth bonding.
Skipping Dental Cleanings
Pandemic restrictions and regulations may lead many dental patients to think it is easier to skip their regular appointments. However, routine dental cleanings are crucial to your oral health.
During these appointments, your dentist cleans plaque and tartar from your teeth that remain in spots of your mouth that are difficult to reach with brushing and flossing. If left untreated, plaque can cause tooth decay or gum disease, leaving your teeth vulnerable to damage.
Your dentist can also give you a fluoride treatment during these visits which strengthens enamel and makes it more capable of fighting potential cosmetic harm. Regular dental appointments will help you maintain the appearance of your smile.
Cosmetic Dentistry Treatment in Las Vegas, NV
Dr. White offers professional tooth whitening and other cosmetic dentistry treatments to patients in Las Vegas, NV. Our practice also specializes in restorative and general dentistry, with both preventative and emergency appointments available. To schedule an appointment with us, contact our office online or reach us by phone at 702.213.7220.