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Are You Stressing Out Your Mouth?

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In today’s fast-paced society, stress is commonplace. Unfortunately, when stress isn’t properly managed, it can wreak havoc on your body. In fact, high levels of stress on a consistent basis can affect your skin, your heart, your digestive system and even your oral health. When it comes to a “stressed out” mouth, there are some notable consequences.

Are your stress levels impacting your smile health? Consider these signs:

Gum Disease

While stress hormones don’t directly cause gum disease, the common lifestyle habits of a high-stressed person can lead to this serious oral health condition. It is typical for a person under stress to gravitate towards sugary, high-carb foods as well as let their oral hygiene routine slack off. This creates the perfect environment for excessive oral bacteria that causes inflamed and infected gums. If your diet or brushing habits have changed due to your stress, it is important to take a look at the condition of your gums before it is too late. Gum disease can be conservatively treated at an early stage.

Mouth Sores

Many patients find themselves battling painful canker sores or fever blisters under times of stress. Canker sores are common when your immune system is compromised and your body can’t fight off bacteria or viruses like it normally would. Fever blisters, caused by the herpes simplex virus, are known for making their appearance during times of emotional upset and anxiety.

Sore Jaw and Worn Down Teeth

Unfortunately, many people turn to bad oral habits in response to stress. This can take the form of nail biting, pencil chewing or teeth grinding. All of these habits can cause your teeth or dental restorations to wear down prematurely. It can also affect your jaw muscles due to the extra strain, leading to TMD symptoms of jaw popping, headaches and facial pain.

If you are concerned that stress may be threatening your smile health, let us know. At Mitzi Morris DMD, we always recommend that patients find ways to properly deal with their stress to prevent consequences within their oral health. However, if the damage has already occurred, we can offer a variety of treatments to restore your smile health, from periodontal treatments to custom nightguards for teeth grinding and more.

Posted on the behalf of Mitzi Morris, DMD, PC

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Mitzi D. Morris, DMD, PC

4.8/ 5.0

Based on 44 reviews

  • Dr. Morris is an excellent dentist. Her ability to relate to her patients makes her a stand-out amongst those in her profession. She practices dentistry with superior technique and care. Her staff is friendly, helpful, and accommodating. I feel she hires only the best! One special mention: I suffer from panic attacks at times- along with claustrophobia. Dr. Morris is the first dentist I have ever had who helped calm my fears. Thus, my experience exceeded expectations! Great service!

    Cathy Q
  • Going to a new dentist can be stressful, but this experience was the BEST I have ever had. Dr. Morris and Dr. Fields are a cut above the rest, and they offer state of the art technology, and an environment that takes the sting out of going to the dentist for sure. Conveniently located in Roswell, the staff is caring, patient-focused, and efficient. I've never smiled so much at a dentist's office! I highly recommend friends and family making their next visit to this dentist. Pain free!!!!

    Lesley G
  • Definitely would recommend Dr. Morris to anyone. She has been my dentist for over 8 years! Dr. Morris is extremely personable and is serious about the completing the best care possible. Great established dental team! Very accommodating to your schedule.

    Kelly T
  • Great and very educational experience. Compared to my last two dentists this experience blows them both out of the water. The staff is very friendly, and very helpful. I had to go in for a total of four visits a few weeks apart from each other. They made me feel very comfortable the entire time and kept making sure I was pleased. Getting a deep cleaning went very smoothly. It was also brought to my attention that the way I was flossing was incorrect. And have since changed methods. I worked specifically with Dr. Morris. She was very nice, and took the time to explain things. Which is a huge plus for me. Dr. Morris and the staff members worked effortlessly together. I was comfortable enough to sit back and relax, strangely enough, while having cavities drilled and fillings put in. Billing and scheduling appointments, as well as follow up for confirmation of upcoming appointments was very easy. I will say my favorite part of the experience was how friendly of an environment the staff has created. That alone is deserving of a 5 star review, and the rest is honestly icing on the cake. I highly recommend this practice on all fronts and will continue using them!

    Eric F
  • I transferred from a long-term and very good relationship with my former dentist because of a move, and I was a little apprehensive about a new dentist. Dr. Morris has been great. She is friendly, patient-concerned and the office is new, comfortable and clean. Everyone seems to enjoy working there. I feel like I'm in good hands!

    Christopher P
  • Dr. Morris and her staff are very professional. Additionally, she as well as her staff have an excellent "bedside manner." The office is new and well equipped. If one has an appointment and an earlier one opens up, Dr. Morris offers it to her patients as she did with my last appointment.

    David G
  • I have never met a staff so nice and charming. This staff will make you feel comfortable and relaxed in Dr. Morris's Spa like office and everyone is professional and approachable too. Andrea R. explained the process of my appointment and procedures and is definitely a highly-educated and thorough dental hygenist -- SHE IS A ROCKSTAR. I'm so glad that Dr. Morris and her dental team have been my "go-to" for the last 5 years, and I wont be going anywhere else! Overall - A++ Dr. Morris...highly recommended to my family and friends!!!

    Adam O
  • I've been a patient of Dr. Mitzi Morris for many years, and recommend her without reservation. The office is modern. clean and spacious. The staff has always been welcoming and very helpful. And the women who work for her as dental technicians are fantastic; they do a professional and effective deep cleaning, but with a careful, gentle touch. It is clear to me that Dr. Morris reads her professional journals and upgrades her practice to stay very current with the latest best practices in dentistry. (I have had some dentists who stopped updating their practices after leaving dental school!) With Dr. Morris you can count on receiving the very latest dental technology. Her prices are very fair, and I have never been surprised by an unexpected cost or had problems with insurance not covering services rendered.

    Bruce C

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