Most people are aware that stress can take a toll on their bodies but they may not think about how it affects their oral health. A dentist can detect some of the signs with one look in your mouth, but other problems can go deeper than your smile. You may want to consider some of these ways stress is impacting your mouth to lessen any lasting harm.
How Stress Can Impact Your Oral Health
Down to the Grind
Grinding your teeth and clenching your jaw is known as bruxism. Some people are not even aware they have this habit, or they may only do it while sleeping. When your mouth is under constant pressure, you can wear down the surfaces of your teeth or even crack them. Your jaw may also become so inflamed that you develop headaches and ear pain. This condition is known as temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder and can be extremely uncomfortable. Your dentist may recommend a bite guard or stretches to help prevent bruxism from ruining your teeth.
On the Surface
Your oral health can also show signs of stress outside of your mouth in the form of canker sores. These unsightly sores are painful around your lips or even on the soft tissues inside your mouth. They can take a while to heal, leaving you uncomfortable in the process. Other conditions that can develop on the soft tissues of the gums, tongue, and palate or your teeth are:
- Burning mouth syndrome, a persistent burning sensation in the oral cavity
- Lichen planus, which is similar to thrush and can persist into the throat
- Dry mouth syndrome, which can lead to tooth decay and cavities
- Gum disease or other infections
Know the Signs
Do not neglect your oral health when you are under a lot of stress. Try to limit or avoid unhealthy behaviors, such as smoking or excessive alcohol use, which can harm your mouth as well as the rest of you. Find ways to relax and let go of your tension for the sake of your body and mind, even your teeth.
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