The Negative Oral Health Effects Of Stress
Do you feel that your lifestyle is stressful? Do you often feel like there isn’t enough time in the day to finish everything on your to-do list? We know that many people can feel like this from time to time, especially during the holiday season. Hopefully, now that the new year has arrived, your life will calm down and be less stressful. Stress can not only affect your overall health, but it can also affect your oral health. Read on to learn more about the ways in which your oral health may be in jeopardy.
Stress and the Effect on Your Oral Health
High stress affects each person differently. Some people may notice changes in their weight or overall health. Did you know that stress can also affect your oral health? We want to share some ways your stress level may be harming your teeth and mouth:
Grinding and Clenching
During times of stress, it is not uncommon for the body to become tense. This can include your teeth and usually manifests as clenching or grinding. Many people are unaware they are clenching or grinding their teeth because it often occurs when sleeping. They remain unaware until they are notified by a dentist or they experience a dental emergency, such as a cracked tooth. Over time, clenching or grinding can lead to significant oral issues such as sensitive teeth, worn teeth, and cracked or broken teeth.
When you are stressed, your heart rate and breathing increase, similar to when you are exercising. If you are breathing through your mouth, you may experience dry mouth. Dry mouth occurs when there is a lack of saliva. Over time, this can lead to issues with decay and gum disease.
If you have been feeling increased stress and have not visited us for a routine hygiene examination within the past six months, we recommend calling our office in Wilmington, DE to schedule an appointment. We are also happy to treat patients from Pike Creek and Newark, DE. We can evaluate the state of your oral health and determine if there are any concerns. We want to help you continue to feel your best!