Stress can impact the entire body, including the mouth. By examining your oral health, you will know if you should be doing more to combat stress.
A major sign of this condition is teeth grinding. As it tends to occur at night, you may be unaware that you grind your teeth. You may only know if you are experiencing this if someone who sleeps near you hears your grinding noises, if you wake up with headaches or jaw pain, or if you notice that your teeth are wearing down.
Your dentist in Newmarket can provide you with teeth grinding treatment, such as a custom night guard. This will prevent damage to your teeth while you work on reducing stress.
When you are feeling stressed, you may engage in bad habits that lead to poor oral health. For instance, you may smoke more, increase your intake of alcohol, or eat more sugary foods. You may also neglect to brush your teeth for a full two minutes twice per day or see your dentist for regular checkups.
Stress can also impact the immune system, increasing your chances of infections that attack your mouth and stick around. Canker sores and cold sores are two signs of stress. Your dentist can diagnose both and prescribe medication to help you heal sooner and to reduce discomfort.
This is another indication of how stress can impact your immune system. If you already have gum disease or are at high risk for developing the disease, stress can make it worse.
Dry mouth can occur anytime especially during stressful moments of the day. A lack of saliva in your mouth means you struggle to wash away food particles. Instead, they stay in your mouth and lead to bacteria growth.