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Is Your Oral Health Suffering Because of Stress?

Posted on 7/30/2016 by Janice K. Pliszczak, DDS
A woman grinding her teeth from stress.Stress can have a big effect on your health. When life throws us a curveball, sometimes we react poorly to it and stress out. Sometimes that's the only way we know how to react to it.

The most important part about being stressed out, is realizing you are stressed out and taking steps to decrease your stress level. If you don't stop, your health will suffer, even the health of your teeth!

How Can My Teeth be Affected by Stress?

The mouth is often affected by changes in mood in ways that are hard to pinpoint or notice immediately.

One of the most obvious examples of this is bruxism, also known as teeth grinding. When you are stressed out, many times you will react subliminally.

Sometimes people grind their teeth during the day to relieve stress but most often it is a nocturnal occurrence. That's right, most people grind their teeth at night, when they can't even try to recognize and curb the behavior.

If you think you may be grinding your teeth, ask us if you show symptoms the next time you are in for an appointment. We can make brux-guards that prevent you from harming your own teeth at night.

Canker sores are a common indicator of stress as well. Although they are also an indicator that you may consume too much sugar, so before you stress over a stray canker sore try cutting some candy out of your diet.

Periodontal disease can sometimes be a side-effect of stress. When you are tired or stressed it can have an adverse effect on your immune system, the very thing meant to keep you healthy.

When the immune system is weakened by stress it loses some of its ability to fight off bacterial infections.

If you aren't taking superb care of your teeth there is a decent chance that you could suffer from a bacterial infection in your gums, also known as periodontal disease.

Please contact us if you have any questions about stress affecting your oral health.
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