We are about half-way through the year, but there is no need to stress out! Did you know that there is a close relationship between your dental health and stress levels? According to The American Institute of Stress, over half of our nation has some form of stress happening during their everyday life. Your local HomeTown Dental experts want to review some of the key signs connecting dental health and stress.
Grinding Your Teeth
Teeth grinding happens mostly at night while you’re sound asleep. But have you ever caught yourself clenching your teeth in a stressful situation? This can become damaging to your teeth and enamel if not addressed soon. It can also result in all-around soreness and headaches from the amount of pressure put on your teeth. There are noticeable signs that you might be a teeth grinder, but your dentist can also determine if a guard would benefit you.
Canker Sores and Gum Disease
These harmless, yet painful white bumps can be found on the soft tissue of your mouth. Commonly they will go away on their own within two weeks, but a rinse or cream can help speed up the process if they are in a harmful spot. When stress levels increase, your immune system slows down, causing the risk of infection to raise.
Stress and Dry Mouth
You probably hear about dry mouth but do you know what it is? Most commonly a side effect from medication, dry mouth occurs when your body is underproducing saliva due to bacteria. When many people become too stressed, the body becomes rundown, and that is when infections occur.
Now that you are aware of the connections between dental health and stress, it is essential to take time each day and relax. If you ever find that stress is affecting your dental health, give us a call, and we can help you!
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