Can Stress Affect Our Teeth?

Oral health is vital for overall health. Good oral hygiene can prevent bad breath, gum disease, and tooth decay. However, good oral hygiene is not the only thing that can improve your oral health. Excessive stress impacts teeth in several ways:

Can Stress Affect Our Teeth

Infection

Stress can affect the immune system and make you more susceptible to different kinds of oral infection. Reducing stress through meditation, exercise, and eating immunity-boosting foods can help.

Grinding Teeth

The technical term for tooth grinding and clenching is “Bruxism.” It often occurs during sleep but can also happen during regular daytime activity. Some “tooth grinders” are unaware of the habit. Stress can worsen bruxism. If you suspect you grind your teeth, see a dentist. A custom-made nighttime mouth guard can prevent damage. During the day, try to keep teeth slightly apart when you are not eating.

Canker Sores

While experts say that canker sores can be triggered by many causes, stress is one of them. With added stress affecting the immune system, canker sores can multiply. To lessen irritation, avoid eating acidic or spicy food. Most canker sores disappear within a week or so.

Can Stress Affect Our Teeth

Dry Mouth

Dry mouth occurs when insufficient saliva is produced, and it can happen for a number a reasons. Some medications can also influence dry mouth. You can alleviate this result by drinking water and asking your dentist about specific mouthwashes that can be helpful.

 

There are several ways stress can affect teeth. The best way to counter it is to figure out what’s causing your stress and find a way to lessen it. Cosmo Dental Centre is here to help you with any oral health problems that may occur from tension. You can contact us through (519) 659-2767 or visit us at 373 Clarke Road, London, Ontario, N5W 5G4

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