Stress Makes a Huge Impact on Your Teeth When Not Managed
Posted on 9/30/2019 by Doctor Schwei
A little bit of stress in your life can be a good thing, as it gives you something to work toward. However, when stress becomes overwhelming and unmanageable, your health might be affected, including your oral health. Find out more about how unhealthy stress levels might affect your mouth.
Stress and Bruxism
When left unmanaged, stress can lead you to clench and grind your teeth, especially when you sleep at night. You may grind your teeth without even realizing it, and this can lead to several oral health problems. You could wear down the enamel of your teeth and cause them to chip, crack, or break. Tooth sensitivity and TMJ issues are also concerns, but a night guard can help to protect your mouth.
Stress and Mouth Sores
Canker sores and cold sores aren't well understood, but many people believe that stress can trigger an outbreak. Cold sores are small, white spots that appear on the soft tissues inside of your mouth, and they can be quite painful. Cold sores are a symptom of the herpes simplex virus, and they appear on the outside of the mouth around the lips. Both cold and canker sores should go away on their own after about a week, but managing your stress level could help to prevent them.
Stress and Oral Hygiene
When you are under extreme amounts of stress, you may find it difficult to keep up with your daily oral hygiene routine. You may simply forget to brush, or you may not see the importance of brushing and flossing when other important things are going on in your life.
In addition to managing your stress, an important part of caring for your teeth is visiting our office every six month for a cleaning and checkup. Call us today to set up your next appointment.
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