Pandemic Stress and Cosmetic Dental Damage

The blend of regulations and chaos associated with the ongoing global pandemic has led to heightened stress levels in many individuals. Increased stress can negatively impact your wellbeing, including your oral health.

Deteriorating oral health can mean that your smile is not looking its best. The dentists at Prestipino Dental Group in Bethesda, MD describe three stress-related oral habits that could lead to you needing cosmetic dentistry treatment.

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Stress-Related Habits That Harm Your Smile

Beverages That Stain

Stress can disrupt your sleep schedule. For this reason, many people turn to coffee or tea for a caffeine boost to get them through their day after a night of low-quality sleep. However, dark-colored beverages like tea and coffee contain tannins that can absorb into tooth enamel and leave stains on your teeth.

While adding milk to your beverage or choosing a lighter-colored brew can lower the risk of this staining, these drinks should be enjoyed in moderation to protect your tooth color. If you notice yellowing, staining, or discoloration in your teeth, you should talk to your dentist about professional teeth whitening treatment.

Teeth Grinding

Teeth grinding or clenching, a behavior known as bruxism, can begin or increase in frequency with heightened levels of stress. The grating of the top row of teeth against the bottom row creates abnormal pressure that can damage your teeth.

Major tooth breakage will require restorative dental solutions, but minor chips or cracks can be amended with cosmetic treatment. Your dentist might recommend tooth bonding to fill and fix this type of damage.

Skipped Dental Cleanings

With additional stress related to the pandemic, you may think it is easier to skip your routine appointments, including dental cleanings. Missing these appointments can be detrimental to your oral health as well as the appearance of your smile.

During these visits, your dentist cleans plaque and tartar from hard-to-reach places in your mouth. If left untreated, this plaque can eat away tooth enamel, deteriorating the health of your teeth and ultimately their appearance.

Therefore, these cleanings are crucial to your oral hygiene routine. If you have other questions about your oral health or cosmetic dental enhancement, these are good opportunities to discuss them with your dentist.

Cosmetic Dentistry Treatment in Bethesda, MD

Prestipino Dental Group offers professional teeth whitening and other cosmetic dentistry treatments to patients in Bethesda, MD. Our practice also specializes in prosthodontics, implants, restorative dentistry, and general dentistry. To schedule an appointment with us, contact our office online or reach us by phone at 301.276.0219.