Gentle Dental of Warren
29753 Hoover Road, Suite B, Warren, MI 48093

Manage Stress to Prevent Common Dental Health Disasters

dca-blog-272-mix-of-leftover-articles_1200x630

Mental stress is a normal part of life, but when your stress level becomes too high, it can harm every part of your body. You may only associate stress with headaches or muscle tension, but it can actually lead to canker sores, tooth decay, nighttime tooth-grinding, unhealthy eating patterns, and obsessive behaviors like nail-biting or chewing pens and pencils. Dentists can help alleviate the consequences of stress, but you can prevent problems before they start. Try these tips for dealing with stress-related mouth problems.

Identifying Oral Sores

Canker sores are small, painful, ulcerated areas with a white or gray base and a red border. Most resolve within 10 days, but over-the-counter anesthetics containing benzocaine can reduce symptoms. Cold sores or fever blisters are fluid-filled blisters caused by the herpes simplex virus. They usually occur on or near your lips, and they’re very contagious. Cold sores will heal without treatment, but over-the-counter medicines and prescription antiviral drugs can hasten recovery.

How to Know if You’re Grinding Your Teeth

Bruxism, or nighttime tooth grinding, is a common stress-related behavior. You may not even be aware that you’re grinding your teeth because most people do it unconsciously. But dentists can tell if you’re grinding your teeth, because left untreated, the habit can lead to painful temporomandibular joint (TMJ) syndrome or worn tooth enamel. Affordable dentists may recommend a custom night guard or similar device to prevent damage to your teeth and jaw.

What Affordable Dentists Recommend to Combat Gum Disease

Dentists know that stress can lead to depression, which can cause you to neglect your oral hygiene and develop gum disease or make existing inflammation worse. Periodontal disease affects more than your teeth; it increases your risk of serious health problems like cardiovascular disease. To keep your gums healthy, you should maintain strict oral hygiene, choose healthy foods, and exercise to reduce stress.

Affordable Dentists Can Help You Stay Healthy

Fortunately, there are practical strategies to help you manage stress including meditation, cognitive behavioral therapy, and anti-anxiety medications. If stress is affecting your ability to care for your teeth or your general health, ask your doctor or dentist about treatment options.

To learn about our family dentistry practice in Warren, call Gentle Dental of Warren today at (586) 933-5516 or make an appointment.

boilerplate

Read What Our Patients Say
Patient Reviews
Everything went perfectly and no pain afterwards.
Kim S.
Always great and fast service
Kayla W.
The dentist (I believe Dr. Weiss, not sure) was amazing and his assistant did a great job as well. They made me feel comfortable, took their time and […]
Matthew B.
I actually enjoy going to Gentle Dental! All of the associates are friendly, professional, and courteous! I have recommended several family members […]
Lacoria H.
Staff was very friendly and professional, made me feel very comfortable.
Corey M.
Dr Weiss worked very professionally, with patience explaining what he was doing and giving me options. I apprecaite the good work his has done.
Thomas B.
I had my teeth cleaned and had a tooth pulled with no pain. The staff was very plasent.
James G.
The staff was wonderful, informative, friendly, & very interested in how the procedure was affecting me (the client). I'm so happy I found Gentle […]
Carly L.
The staff was friendly and explained everything clearly to my understanding a very clean place.
James B.
I would recommend this dentist to anyone! They are fabulous, friendly people, everyone in the office. I am a patient of Dr. Murphy. Her and her […]
Rachael S.
Alyssa was very thorough and fast.
Kim S.
I was in the office yesterday for three fillings and Dr. Mangal made my visit as comfortable as possible. He's gentle and thorough with his […]
Deshawn Z.
good dentist
Anonymous
There was no wait and they were fast.
Anonymous
Professional personable Effiecient
Sue A.
Friendly personnel. Very little waiting. Procedure didn't last nearly as long as was anticipated. Experiencing no discomfort today; three days after […]
Kathleen O.
As a first time patient, who is deathly afraid of the dentist, i was treated very nicely and the dentist and asst. were very patient with me and my […]
David R.
Dr. Murphy was very professional and supportive. t was my first time with her and I really appreciated her attention to my problem.
Fawn K.
Third vist everything was great.
Michael K.
Nice office and a great staff
Jeff L.
It was great had to get 3 fillings it was painless and it did not take all day I'm no longer scared of the dentist
Patricia E.
Everybody was so nice from the time i walked in. They greeted me as soon as i walked in and continued to assist me the whole time i was there. They […]
Joselyn B.
I was very pleased with everyone I dealt with at this facility.
Michael D.
The hygienist, Sheiva, did an excellent job.
Malcolm H.
Dr. Mangal was very thorough with me and very gentle. Talked to me through the whole procedure. I would recommend Gentle Dental to anyone looking for […]
Patrick M.
I got 5 fillings yesterday. I could tell the office was busy, but they didnt rush and remained attentive to my needs.
Nickole F.
The staff was very friendly. The dentist explained everything to me. They were all very helpful and professional.
Lisa B.
The treatment was encouraging and informative.
Sharon W.
My hygienist was very thorough. She took good care of me.
Anonymous
My visit was very professional and my dentist was good! The only thing my visit was little pricey! But hey! Good job GD!
Julius G.
Very impressed with the work on my teeth
Keith C.
Gentle Dental is one of the best dentist ever been to in years I highly recommend them for everyone !!!!!!
Michael B.
On time, quick & thorough. What more can I say.
Kim S.
Great experience... I'm not scared to go to the dentist anymore everyone was so nice and live up to the name GENTAL my dentist was very gentle and […]
Jodi S.
I was very satisfied with the service, and I will be making my appointment again. I ' m trying to get the money for my teeth cleaning.
Sharon W.
This was my first time at this dentist. Was a very pleasant experience. They were very friendly and fast and very clean. :)
Sandra K.
I had a great experience the work was good and the doctor gave me very important information about how to take care of my teeth you can tell that the […]
Milton P.
Fast and efficient service
Tamia W.
I was very pleased with the service I received at this Gentle Dental
Michael D.
It was a excellent experience.
Wei Y.
Hygienist was thorough and timely
Anonymous
I can't tell you how much I loved my experience at Gentle Dental. I've never felt so comfortable and so informed. They do everything they can to make […]
Latressa F.
I can truly say, their rating is excellent. This is the first time I ever went to the dentist and didn't experience pain.
Alene G.
Hygienist was very thorough and informative.
Anonymous
I like Dr.Will. He is very nice and talented
Wei Y.
As their name indicate they are very gentle and do everything to make it less painful on you.
Melissa M.
They are Great. I am terrified of the dentist, but they made me feel comfortable.
Louise T.
I'm very happy with gentle dental.their so friendly.and they care about your need.i will tell all my friends and family.
Delsy H.
I started going because of the name Gentle Dental and they hold up to the name. I am terrified of dentist mainly because of the pain, but here they […]
Tiara F.
The staff here is friendly and nice. They actually care about you, they offered cover to keep warm and magazines to read while I wait on my dentist […]
Anonymous
We Accept Most Insurance Plans!
Learn More

We accept most insurance plans and will be happy to help you understand the coverage that you have. We will do our best to see that you receive your maximum insurance benefits for all covered services.

No Insurance? No Worries! See our discounts and offers here

Office Hours
  • Monday 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
  • Tuesday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Wednesday 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
  • Thursday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Friday 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
  • Saturday 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
  • Sunday Closed
Get in touch:
  • Phone: (586) 933-5516
Our Location