Is Stress Jeopardizing Your Oral Health?
Do you have a high-stress lifestyle or job? Do you often feel like there isn’t enough time in the day to accomplish your daily goals? While we all certainly feel this way from time to time, if this describes you on a daily basis, we want to share some important information about how your stressful lifestyle may be affecting your oral health. Read on to learn more about the ways in which your oral health may be in jeopardy.
Stress and its Effect on Your Oral Health
Everyone reacts differently to the stress in their life. Some may start to notice an effect on their overall health, such as a racing heart, increased blood pressure, hair loss, and weight loss or gain. Continuous stress can leave lasting effects on your health, including your oral health. We want to share some ways your stress level may be harming your teeth and mouth:
Teeth Grinding and Clenching
During times of stress, it is not uncommon for the body to become tense. This can include your jaw and leads to teeth clenching and grinding. Many people are unaware they are clenching or grinding their teeth unless their dentist tells them or they experience a dental emergency such as a cracked tooth. Over time, clenching or grinding can lead to significant oral issues like sensitive, worn, and cracked or broken teeth.
When your heart rate increases, it also changes your breathing pattern, similar to when you exercise. This can cause issues with dry mouth. Dry mouth occurs when your mouth is not producing enough saliva. Over time, this can lead to issues with decay and gum disease.
Cold Sores and Canker Sores
High stress levels can lead to cold sore breakouts for those who are prone to developing them. Canker sores can also develop after chewing or biting on the inside of your cheek. These sores can make it challenging to brush and floss properly.
If you have been feeling more stress but have not visited us for a routine hygiene examination within the past six months, we would recommend calling our office located in New Braunfels, TX to schedule an appointment. 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.