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Reasons That Stress Can Affect Your Dental Health


Posted on 2/2/2024 by Weo Admin
Image of a smiling man with an open mouth. Once life becomes overwhelming, your gums and teeth seem to bear the consequences, especially when stress enters the scene. Stress has a peculiar way of sneaking into our mouths and causing havoc via numerous actions and habits. We discuss them below.

Teeth Grinding


This phenomenon is often associated with stress. You can imagine waking up with a heavy jaw. It feels like you have endured a nighttime wrestling match. The jaw tension, soreness, and discomfort that follow are indicators of the physical toll that stress-related bruxism (teeth grinding) can take on the oral cavity.

Decreased Immune System


Stress weakens the immune system. It turns bodies into somewhat defenseless fortresses. And guess what? Your mouth is no exception. With a lowered defense, your gums become more susceptible to inflammation and infections, creating an environment for dental issues.

Poor Oral Hygiene


Stress is a motivation killer. It affects your overall well-being, hindering your oral hygiene. Sometimes, you may even forget to brush or floss, opening the door for various dental issues. Also, stress often triggers emotional eating or reliance on comfort foods, which are frequently high in sugars and carbohydrates. These dietary patterns can fuel the growth of harmful bacteria in the mouth, exacerbating the risk of dental issues.

Missing Regular Dental Appointments


Remember that routine dental appointment you have been postponing? Stress might be playing a sneaky role in that decision. It is like a little voice saying, Who needs another thing on the to-do list? However, missing those regular checkups can give dental problems a chance to sneak in unnoticed.

Conclusion


Stress is not just a mental weight - it is a subtle player in dental health. From the midnight symphony of teeth grinding to the unwanted souvenirs of stress in the form of mouth sores, our mouths bear witness to the impact of stress. The key is to stay mindful of these effects and give our oral health a little extra love during those stressful times.


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