Exploring the Link Between Stress and Your Oral Health
How many of these oral issues are you currently experiencing due to stress?
We all deal with stress from time to time (and hopefully not on a very consistent basis).
While it’s completely normal and natural to feel stress under various circumstances - like when we take on too much work, have a family or relationship issue that arises, etc. - too much stress over a long period of time can begin taking a toll on our bodies - namely, our mouths and state of our oral health.
With that being said, let’s get into some of the common signs and symptoms our Guelph dentist can find, and what they might be indicating:
Teeth that are worn:
As one of the most common signs of stress, a teeth grinding or “bruxism” habit can wear down teeth considerably. If you happen to habitually grind your teeth together during the day as a way of dealing with stress, or, if you grind your teeth uncontrollably in the night (symptoms include commonly waking with a sore jaw or headache) - then a mouth guard is your best bet for protection against further dental damage.
Visit our dentist in Guelph if you think you may have a teeth grinding problem, and we’ll be pleased to supply you with a custom-fitted mouth guard for ultimate protection.
Sores in the mouth:
One of the leading causes of mouth sores is actually stress! Mouth sores will commonly begin to appear after a stressful event has taken place, or, at the beginning of a new sickness or cold - as this takes a toll on the body, as well.
Dry mouth is very strongly linked to anxiety and stress. When we feel anxious or nervous, our mouth tends to become dry - which also means it won’t be as effective at cleansing itself of food particles, ultimately leading to a boost in the production of the bacteria that can cause plaque formation and other hygiene issues.
Poor oral hygiene/ tooth decay and gum disease:
If we happen to be neglectful of a twice-daily brushing and once-daily flossing routine due to being “too busy” or under a lot of stress, the mouth will most certainly show it. Problems such as the accumulation or hardening of plaque/tartar on the teeth’s surfaces, development of tooth decay and cavities, gum disease and resulting receding gums are telltale signs of oral hygiene care neglect.
Regular dental visits will help you to avoid these long-term oral health issues (even through all of life’s stressful moments).
By visiting our dentist and team regularly for routine check-ups and cleanings, you can reduce the impact that unavoidable stressful situations may have on your oral health.
Has it been longer than 6 months since you’ve last visited our Guelph dental clinic? Call us today to schedule your next - your smile will thank you! (And, you won’t have to “stress” about going too long without seeing the dentist) :)
Dr. Coman Dentistry
85 Norfolk Street, Suite 308
Guelph, ON N1H 4J4