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Stressed Out Too Much? Keep an Eye on Your Teeth

Date :18/9/2019

We may be aware of the physical and psychological problems of stress, such as headaches, stomach aches, anxiety, and depression. However, most of us have no idea about how stress can affect our oral health.

It is important to consider your body's early warning signs and figure out the root of the problem. Taking the necessary steps to reduce your stress can help you protect your oral health.

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How Can Stress Affect My Mouth?

Stress can contribute to several dental disorders. Remember to keep an eye on the following disorders if you are a person with chronic stress.

  • Teeth grinding: When you grind or clench your teeth, a condition called bruxism can cause damage to your teeth and enamel as well as headaches and soreness in the jaw. Major signs: Tips of the teeth appear flat, extreme sensitivity and tongue indentations.
  • Gum disease: Stress can increase the chances of gum disease, as it lowers the immune system. Gum disease starts as gingivitis. If left untreated, it progresses to a more severe form, periodontitis. Major signs: Red, swollen gums and bleeding.
  • Dry mouth: Saliva is the first line of defense in the mouth from bacteria. When your salivary glands don't produce enough saliva to moisten the inside of your mouth, it can induce infections, cavities, tooth decay, and other gum diseases.
  • Canker sores: Canker sores, otherwise known as mouth ulcers, generally, occur inside the mouth and are not contagious. They often are triggered by trauma such as when you’re cleaning your teeth, or if you accidentally bite your tongue or cheeks.
  • Tooth decay: This is a condition caused by neglected oral health routine, unhealthy lifestyle choices, and conditions such as dry mouth, etc.
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  • TMJ and TMD: Temporomandibular disorders (TMD) are a group of conditions that affects the jaw joint /temporomandibular joint (TMJ) and the associated muscles used in moving the jaw and neck. Stress is one of the reasons for TMD.
  • Infection: Stress can weaken your immune system and increases the risk of oral infections. Maintaining good oral hygiene habits and eating immune-boosting foods can save you from infections.

What To Do About Stress-Related Dental Problems?

  • Find out the best way to relax and reduce stress
  • Maintain a good oral hygiene
  • Stay active and do physical exercise
  • Get enough sleep
  • Eat a healthy and a balanced diet
  • Visit your orthodontist at regular intervals

If you have more concerns regarding your oral health or finding it hard to get the appropriate care for your dental conditions, feel free to approach dental experts of  Dr Trivikram's All Smiles Dental - Cosmetic Dentistry.Reviewd By : Dr K N Trivikram Rao
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