Holidays, Stress May Prompt Oral Hygiene Neglect, Springfield, MO Dentists Warn 

A group of cosmetic dentists in Springfield, MO is in agreement with studies linking stress to oral hygiene neglect.

by Barnett Davis Tuesday, December 07, 2010
SPRINGFIELD, MO - Studies have shown that during times of high stress, many people neglect oral hygiene – and a group of Springfield, MO dentists urges patients to always take precautions – particularly during the holiday season.

At the Barnett-Davis Dental Group, Dr. Kelly Barnett, Dr. Marc Barnett and fellow Springfield, MO dental expert Dr. Tracy Davis urge patients to pay close attention to care of their teeth and gums at all times, particularly during the holidays or other highly stressful periods. In addition, the recent economically hard times have contributed to stress indicators for many, they say. A study by the American Psychological Association found that more than 80 percent of Americans rank the economy and money as significant causes of stress.

"We hope that the focus will stay steady on self-care, dental hygiene, and positive lifestyle choices in general during the holiday season,” says Dr. Kelly Barnett."Chronic stress can lead to many more health problems, including high blood pressure or a weakened immune system."

The Springfield, MO cosmetic dentists point out that stress left unchecked can take a toll in many forms, including periodontal health. Periodontal disease may even develop into even more serious and potentially expensive overall health complications.

"People may often be drawn to more harmful habits during difficult times," says Dr. Davis. “And some of the habits, such as abuse of alcohol or tobacco, or oral hygiene neglect, can lead to dental issues."

Unhealthy options like this can place people in a higher risk category for developing periodontal disease, they warn, which has been connected to several other chronic diseases, including heart disease and diabetes.

"Studies have linked poor health habits to stress, and those habits include poor dental hygiene," says Dr. Marc Barnett. "Studies have additionally indicated that avoiding periodontal disease can lower health care expenses."

At the Barnett-Davis Dental Group, Springfield, MO veneers experts utilize the latest technological advances to boost patient comfort levels and the accuracy of diagnosis and preventive treatments. The Springfield, MO teeth whitening professionals practice cosmetic dentistry, in addition to a full range of general dentistry – from preventive dental care to implant dentistry to veneers to the full range of cosmetic dentistry. Drill-less, needle-free fillings allow patients to be more comfortable.

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To learn more about the cosmetic dentists at Barnett-Davis Dental Group, visit or call (417) 581-3600.

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