Stress can cause your body to manifest all sorts of health problems, especially if you have chronic stress. Most people associate it with heart attacks or ulcers, but do you know how it can also affect your oral health?
While stress has been explicitly linked to increased risk for diabetes, heart disease, depression, and gastrointestinal problems, it also has a large impact on your oral health. Here are a few major complications that stress can cause, which damage your teeth, gums, and mouths.
1. Bruxism or Teeth Grinding
Bruxism is a common oral health problem associated with stress. When stressed, people may unconsciously clench their jaws or grind their teeth, which wears down your enamel and can even chip your teeth. It can also make your mouth and jaw sore, which can make it difficult to eat and chew. In severe cases, bruxism can also cause jaw pain, headaches, and neck pain.
2. Canker Sores
Canker Sores or Aphthous ulcers are painful lesions on the oral tissues. Ulcerations that take 10 to 14 days to heal. They appear more often during times of high stress and anxiety according to research.
3. Gum Disease
Stress can weaken the immune system, making it harder for the body to fight off harmful bacteria that cause gum disease.
4. Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMJ)
TMJ is a condition that affects the joints that connect the jawbone to the skull. It can cause pain in your jaw joint and in the muscles that control jaw movement. Paradise Dental offers fast and effective TMJ treatment.
5. Dry Mouth
Our bodies may produce less saliva when we are stressed. Saliva helps neutralize acid and wash away harmful bacteria. Without sufficient saliva, the risk of tooth decay and bad breath can increase.
Paradise Dental Associates is committed to providing personalized care with the latest technologies and procedures, ensuring a comfortable and stress-free experience for their patients. If you are noticing problems with your oral health, make sure to schedule an appointment with Paradise Dental Associates at (781)598-3700! We can help you navigate your oral health to obtain a healthy mouth and stress-free life!