How Stress Affects Oral Health
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.