Believe it or not, prolonged stress can have an impact on your oral health. Stress has a number of negative effects on your body, but what it can do to your teeth isn’t often discussed. Although it may never lead to an emergency, patients should know the tell-tale signs to look out for. Below, we discuss some of the ways that stress can damage your teeth.
Stress can cause you to grind and clench your teeth. This habit is medically known as Bruxism and typically happens at night unconsciously. There are different factors that can lead to teeth grinding, but stress is one of them. If you notice the tips of your teeth feel flattened or worn away, you may have bruxism. Your dentist can give you a custom mouth guard to wear at night, to treat the problem. Have a chat about Cerezen, it is a medical device that fits in your ear and can help to stop you from grinding your teeth! Check out our website and look up Cerezen.
Studies have shown that there is a link between stress and gum disease. It has been found that the increased level of cortisol, which is a hormone the body produces when your stressed, may contribute to lowering the body’s immune system, making your gums more liable to infection. Even in times of stress, always take the time to floss and brush daily to reduce the risk of gum disease.
Intense levels of stress and anxiety can cause an acid reflux in the body, leading to reduced saliva production and the feeling of a dry mouth. Also, high levels of stress and tension in the body might make you breath more with your mouth, and the air intake can lead to a dryer mouth. Saliva has many oral health benefits, including protecting your gums from bacteria. A dry mouth is bad for your oral hygiene and can lead to a build-up of bacteria, when in a constant state of stress.
While the cause of canker sores is not known, outbreaks may be related to stress and fatigue. Unlike cold sores which appear on the lips, canker sores break out inside the mouth and can be painful. They’re not a serious oral health condition, as they usually clear up in 7-10 days. However, some individuals do suffer from chronic mouth sores and it can make it difficult to brush and floss effectively.
So, how can you deal with stress? Find ways to manage your stress, such as doing relaxation techniques. Visit your dentist for regular check-ups and cleanings. Please remember to contact Pure Smiles for any oral health concerns you may have.