A little bit of stress in your life is a good thing, but when stress gets out of control, it can take its toll on your health. This includes your oral health. There are several ways that stress can directly affect your teeth and gums.
When you’re stressed out, do you tend to clench or grind your teeth, even without doing so intentionally? This condition is known as bruxism, and it can wear down your teeth and enamel. You might also experience jaw pain and headaches.
If you’re overly stressed, you may neglect your oral health routine. As a result, your risk of cavities and decay will increase.
Did you know that canker sores often result from stress? These white spots develop on the inside of the mouth, and while they aren’t dangerous, they can be painful. Fortunately, they tend to go away on their own in a week or two.
Stress also impacts the immune system, putting your body at risk of infection. This includes gum disease, which is caused when bacteria attack the gum tissue. Red, inflamed, and swollen gums are some of the first signs of gum disease, but the good news is that in the earliest stages, gum disease is reversible. If you care for your mouth and get your stress level under control, your gum disease will also improve.
Many people who suffer from anxiety and depression take medication to combat the symptoms. Unfortunately, these medications often cause dry mouth, which can lead to oral health concerns. Dry mouth involves inhibiting saliva production, and without the saliva, your mouth won’t be able to adequately wash away plaque, bacteria, and debris.
Don’t let stress take a toll on your teeth and gums. Give us a call today to let us check out your teeth and make any necessary recommendations.