How Stress Impacts Your Oral Health
It’s hard to believe that we are already a month into 2022. We hope that you are having a peaceful start to the new year and finding time to relax. We know that life can easily become overwhelming and stressful with work, family obligations, sports and other activities. Not only does a hectic schedule and added stress affect your overall health, it can also affect your oral health as well. Continue reading to learn if you are experiencing stress-related trauma in your mouth.
Stress and Oral Health
When dealing with added stress in your life, it is not uncommon to see side-effects in your overall health, such as raised blood pressure, upset stomach and frequent headaches or migraines. You may be surprised to learn that added stress can also affect your oral health as well. During your routine appointments, we are typically able to detect if you are experiencing added stress in your life. We may notice issues such as:
There are very clear signs of stress-related dental wear on the teeth. Worn enamel can be seen on the rear molars from clenching and grinding. If left untreated, this can eventually lead to the teeth cracking or needing to be replaced from dental nerves being exposed. Chipped or cracked front teeth are a sign of biting on objects such as nails and pens.
Sores in the Mouth
High levels of stress can lead to canker sores, especially if there is a tendency to bite the inside of your cheek. If you have dealt with this issue before, you know that it is extremely uncomfortable and can be difficult to eat and drink properly. If you are feeling discomfort, be sure to use an over-the-counter numbing agent.
When experiencing stress or anxiety, it can cause your heart rate to rise, increasing your breathing rate. This is something you may have experienced after a heavy workout or running. Be sure to drink plenty of water to increase saliva production.
If you notice that you are experiencing any issues with your mouth, please contact our office located in The Woodlands, TX as soon as possible. Dental issues that remain untreated can progress into something serious over time and can lead to extreme discomfort and costly repairs. We hope that you are staying healthy and safe and look forward to seeing you at your next appointment.