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How Stress Impacts Your Oral Health

Posted on 10/25/2019 by Office
How Stress Impacts Your Oral HealthStress is one of the major causes of numerous health problems, including oral health. Excessive stress might lead to teeth grinding, dry mouth, and gum diseases. It can also impact your diet and oral health routine, thereby increasing your chances of developing tooth decay.

Common Oral Health Conditions

Teeth Grinding

Grinding and clenching may cause unexpected damage to your enamel and teeth as well. On top of that, it can also result in soreness to the jaw and continuous headaches. Many at times the grinding will happen at night. Therefore, you might not even be aware that it's happening. After a careful assessment, we may recommend a nightguard to help protect you from further damage to your teeth.

Gum Diseases and Dry Mouth

Stress has the ability to lower your immune system, thereby increasing your chances of getting infections in your mouth, including gum diseases. Apart from gum diseases, stress can also lead to dry mouth. Dry mouth is not only a side effect of prolonged stress, but it also can result from the drugs used to treat anxiety and depression.

Canker Sores and Tooth Decay

While they might be harmless, canker sores can be excruciating While they might disappear after three to two weeks, we will still prescribe a topical treatment to help you ease the pain of canker sores. If you neglect your health care routine, embrace unhealthy lifestyle choices, and several conditions such as dry mouth will either result in tooth decay or increase your chances of contracting it.

While stress is unavoidable in today's world, it's essential to deal with stress as soon as we can. You should begin by first finding several relaxing activities which will assist you in managing your levels of stress. Moreover, you should also ensure that you get plenty of sleep every day. If you have any concerns about the effect that your stress levels are having on your oral health, then you should visit us as soon as possible.
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