Stress has become a common concern as more of us encounter stress in our daily lives. We do know of its negative effects on the body and mind. Our mouths too are just as likely to be affected by stressful situations as our bodies and mind.
Dental conditions associated with stress include-
Bruxism or night grinding: Teeth significantly wear and/or fracture due to heavy biting during sleep as a result of internalizing stress. Long term bruxism eventually can lead to facial and tempero-mandibular pain which is often debilitating. A nightguard is recommended to protect the jaw and teeth.
Canker sores- Although the causes of these sores are still unknown, they are often brought on by stress. They are quite painful and treatment is often symptomatic. Medications and laser treatment can reduce the severity and duration of the sores.
Dry Mouth is often caused by stress reducing the salivary function as well as with the use of anti depressants and other medications. Chronic dry mouth leads to a host of dental issues including increase in cavities, periodontal and gum disease, soft tissue conditions. Improved oral hygiene and regular visits significantly reduce the potential for loss of bone or teeth.
Lichen Planus in the mouth is characterized by white lacy patterns, sores and ulcers. This condition is believed to be a reaction to viral infections caused by stress.
Gum disease- Long term stress suppresses the immune system which in turn increases the susceptibility to infections including periodontal disease.
If you are feeling stressed, take proper measures to reduce the stress in your life such as eating well, exercising, getting plenty of sleep. If you suffer from extreme anxiety or depression, seek timely professional help.
If you are concerned with stress affecting your mouth or teeth, our office can address your concerns and treat as necessary.
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