How Stress Affects Oral Health

One thing we can say for sure is if 2020 has given us anything thus far, it is stress. There is enough to be stressed about in our current climate. Most people know that stress is not good for overall health, but did you know that stress can have an effect on your oral health? Knowing how stress and oral health are connected can help you combat any problems that might arise.

Your Immune System Is Weakened During Times of Stress

Stress can compromise your immune system, increasing your risk of oral infections. Some people experience dry mouth, putting them at a higher risk of developing cavities. Others contract canker sores when stressed. Stress can even increase your chances of experiencing gum disease.

Stress May Contribute to Teeth Grinding

Bruxism is the medical term for habitual teeth grinding and jaw clenching. For some people, clenching and grinding are natural responses to stress and frustration. Teeth grinding, however, usually occurs during sleep, meaning that people are often unaware of the problem. Flatter tips of the teeth and a sore jaw are common signs of teeth grinding.

Stress Can Worsen Symptoms of TMD

TMD, or temporomandibular joint disorder, affects the jaw joint and associated muscles used in moving the jaw and neck. Similar to bruxism, stress is thought to be a contributing factor in TMD, causing jaw clenching, joint pain and headaches.

Other Ways Stress Affects Dental Health?

Canker Sores - No one quite knows what exactly causes canker sores, but they are sometimes brought on by stress. Although harmless, these small sores can be painful.

Dry Mouth - When the mouth doesn't produce enough saliva, it can experience chronic dryness. Not only does dry mouth result from conditions caused by stress, but it is also a common side effect of drugs used to treat depression.

Lichen Planus - Lichen planus of the mouth is characterized by white lines, sores and ulcers in the oral cavity. Some experts believe lichen planus is a reaction to viral infections caused by stress.

Gum Disease - Studies have shown that long-term stress affects our immune systems, increasing our susceptibility to infections such as periodontal disease.

Maintain Good Oral Hygiene, Even During Stressful Times

Keeping up on your oral health routine, especially when you are stressed, is essential! Continue to practice good oral hygiene, and you will protect your mouth from infection and decay.

For most people, it’s difficult to see the effects of stress on their bodies until something happens. That’s why it’s important to visit your dentist regularly, as he or she can detect the telltale signs of stress in your mouth and help you to remedy any problems.

We Want To Make Life Easier For You

When you’re under a lot of pressure, the last thing most people think about is their oral health. At AMG Dental Group, we want to make things easier for you by helping you to avoid any oral health issues not only when you’re stressed out, but all the time!

Learning to deal with the inevitable stresses of life in a positive way will boost your oral and overall health. However, if you do feel you are experiencing any symptoms of bruxism, TMD, or other oral health problems, call AMG Dental Group today and schedule an appointment.

Keeping Our Patients Happy and Healthy Is Our Priority!

AMG Dental Group is based in North Palm Beach, Florida. We proudly serve neighborhoods throughout the area, including Palm Beach Gardens, Juno Beach, Jupiter and Lake Park.

Dr. Guerra and his staff are here for you. Let us help you maintain a healthy smile! Call us to schedule an appointment at our North Palm Beach office: 561-844-6146.

Tips to help reduce your risk for developing a toothache

  • Brush at least twice a day, preferably after meals and snacks.
  • Floss at least once a day to prevent gum disease.
  • Visit your dentist regularly for oral examinations and a professional cleaning.

It’s never fun to deal with tooth pain no matter what the intensity level. Dr. Adrian Guerra knows how uncomfortable and irritating any tooth pain can be. For intense tooth pain, please call our office in North Palm Beach today at 561-844-6146. We’d like to talk to you and figure out a solution together.