We hear news all the time about how we need to eat healthy and exercise to reduce the stress on our bodies and in our lives. But, did you know that stress also affects your oral health?
Teeth Grinding (Bruxism)
Stress can often lead to bruxism, or tooth grinding. If you have ever found yourself clenching your jaw or grinding your teeth during stressful situations, you are not alone, and this can even turn into grinding your teeth at night if your stress is severe. If you are concerned that you might be grinding your teeth, it is important to talk to your dental care provider about getting a night guard. Tooth grinding can cause tooth decay and sensitivity, wear down your enamel, and can even permanently damage your jaw.
Periodontal disease or gum disease begins with bacteria in your mouth. Excessive stress can weaken your immune system, which means that your body has a harder time fighting off viruses and bacteria. This makes your more susceptible to infections like gum disease.
Take Care of Yourself
We all know it is practically impossible to eliminate all of the stress in our lives. But, there are a few simple things you can do to make yourself feel better.
Make sure to get the proper nutrients, stay hydrated and get as much sleep as possible. Minimize the effects of stress on your dental health by brushing, flossing, and maintaining a consistent oral health routine.