dental health and stress

How can stress affect my dental health?

Nowadays stress is a common emotion for most of us, there are a number of reasons why people suffer it, this situation becomes a negative state of mind that can start to take a toll on your body and it causes of health problems.

Researchers have found several links between stress and the oral health problems. It may contribute to teeth grinding, gum disease, dry mouth, canker sores, tooth decay, among others.

Canker sores. They are annoying irritations inside the mouth, also known as aphtha’s, and appear most commonly in adolescents and young adults, often occurring during times of stress.

Teeth grinding and/or temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD). Grinding your teeth is known as bruxism. Some research has shown a possible link between teeth grinding and a stressful work environment.  Bruxism can erode the enamel, making teeth vulnerable to tooth sensitivity.

Gum disease. Stress and anxiety can affect your immune system and can cause damage to your gums.
Dry mouth. When your salivary glands don’t produce enough saliva, your mouth feels sticky and unclean as a result. Saliva helps protect the mouth, and without a good flow of saliva, your risk for developing cavities and similar dental problems increases.

Tooth decay. It is also known as dental caries or cavities, is a breakdown of teeth due to acids made by bacteria. Being under extreme stress may affect your mood and cause you to skip brushing, flossing, and rinsing. If you don’t take good care of your mouth and teeth, you raise your chances of getting cavities.

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To avoid future dental diseases, you must deal with the stress.

Find relaxing techniques to help manage your stress, do exercise, get plenty of sleep, eat a balanced diet, take care of your oral hygiene and the most important visit your dentist for regular check-ups and cleanings.

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