Stress is unfortunately a common emotion for many of us.
Whether you have a demanding job, financial problems, or relationship troubles,
stress can take a toll on our physical health. In fact, it can affect the
wellbeing of your teeth, gums, and overall oral health. Learn how your oral
health can be affected by stress in
Grinding Your Teeth
Teeth grinding, known as bruxism, is a common issue that results from
stress and leads to tooth damage. The grinding usually occurs at night, so you
may not even notice it. If it goes on long enough, the tips of your teeth may
start becoming flat. Your enamel may begin to wear off and cause your teeth to
become extremely sensitive. You should talk to your dentist about your teeth
grinding concerns, and they may prescribe a mouth guard to protect your teeth.
Stress can contribute to temporomandibular joint disorders (TMD). TMD can
be aggravated by stressful situations. You may find yourself overusing your jaw
muscles by grinding or clenching your teeth. Symptoms include clicking sounds
in your jaw and joint pain.
It is even possible that stress is related to periodontal disease. Research
has found that gum disease
can be more severe during times of extreme stress.
If you are experiencing stressful situations, keep in mind that your gums may
be at risk and take extra care of them by brushing and flossing regularly.
Your mouth may be chronically dry because it is not producing enough
saliva. This can result from stress or as a side effect of anti-depressants.
This can be difficult and annoying to deal with and actually cause even more
stress. If you are noticing any symptoms of dry mouth, please talk to your
doctor or dentist to seek treatment.
Resolve the Problems
The best thing you can do to address these issues is set up an appointment
with your dentist. There is no reason your oral health should bear the brunt of
your stress. A thorough examination will diagnose any problems and lead to
effective treatment. Call (305) 504-2682 to schedule a consultation
with Dr.Bradley A. Ross
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