Common Stress Related Dental Problems You Might Not Know About
Posted on 5/15/2020 by Neil Starr DDS PC
We would all like less stress in our lives. Our teeth can benefit from less stress too. It's not just food, drinks, and improper brushing that can lead to tooth decay. Stress plays a role also.
Dental Problems That Can Be A Result Of Stress
Canker sores, which are sores that can appear inside our mouths, and cold sores, also known as fever blisters, often occur during a stressful time in our lives. If you are prone to either canker sores or cold sores, you may have noticed they tend to show up when you are extra stressed. As if the stress wasn't enough, now you have a sore outside or inside of your mouth to deal with.
A different way stress can affect the health of your teeth, is through teeth grinding. Many people grind their teeth daily, when sleeping without realizing they are doing so, or when stressed. If you are a regular teeth grinder, you probably have noticed the grinding increases when you are stressed out. Teeth grinding can often go unidentified unless seen by your dentist. It is easy to have the habit and not realize you are doing it. Unfortunately, the grinding together of the teeth, erodes enamel, which can lead to easier tooth decay and also toothaches. Tooth grinding also puts added pressure on the jaw, which can lead to jaw pain and misalignment of the jaw.
What To Do If You Suspect Dental Problems Due To Stress
Unfortunately, in life, stress is tough to avoid. If you are noticing possible canker sores, cold sores, toothache, or jaw pain, you might be experiencing stress related dental problems. It is always best to be seen, so every possible cause can be considered, and a treatment plan can be put into place. Please call our office and we will be happy to assist you with all of your dental needs.