What Happens to Your Teeth When You Get Stressed Out?
Posted on 9/15/2018 by Matt Aldridge DDS
Stress isn't just something that affects your mental health. It also manifests into a variety of physical issues, and your oral health may be in jeopardy.
There are a variety of oral health conditions that could result due to your stress. Learning more about these conditions may make it clear why stress management is so important.
There are two main ways that stress causes dry mouth. First, the nature of being stressed may make your body develop less saliva, which is necessary to adequately clean the mouth between brushings. Secondly, if your stress level gets high enough that you need medication to help, dry mouth may be a side effect of those prescription drugs.
Cavities and Gum Disease
Many people who are under considerable stress find it difficult to maintain some of the most important routines in their lives. Caring for your personal hygiene may become less of a priority, and you may fail to properly brush and floss. These unhealthy habits could lead to tooth decay and cavities, as well as problems with the gums.
Grinding and clenching of the teeth is known as bruxism, and it is a habit that many people engage in when they are especially stressed. You may grind throughout the day, or stress may wear on you to the point that you grind at night. This can cause some significant damage to your teeth, and you might also suffer from jaw pain and headaches.
A mouth guard or night guard can help to protect your teeth. If you feel chronic stress, it is important to take the steps you need to get healthy. When it comes to your oral health, we can help. Call us today to set up an appointment, and we'll discuss how to better care for your teeth and gums.
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