Link Between Stress And Oral Health
Posted by AUBURN DENTAL on Nov 20 2022, 02:49 AM
When stress creeps into your life, it can take a toll on your health in a variety of ways. It has been linked to headaches, stomach pain and nausea, and even depression. But did you know it could also affect your oral and dental health? It’s true! The professionals in Auburn Dental Group have listed some of the ways stress can negatively affect your oral health.
- Many different factors can cause stress in our lives, including work and family responsibilities, as well as medical conditions and other life events. But did you know that stress can also have a direct effect on your oral health? Studies have found that stress can weaken the immune system and decrease the body’s ability to fight infection, putting you at a higher risk of developing mouth infections like cavities.
- Grinding your teeth or clenching your jaw when you’re feeling stressed can lead to pain in your teeth and jaw, as well as damage to your teeth. If you notice yourself grinding your teeth often, ask your dentist about wearing a mouthguard at night to protect your teeth and give you a restful night’s sleep.
- When you’re stressed out, you’re more likely to neglect your oral hygiene routine. This can put you at higher risk for cavities and gum disease. Keep up with your daily brushing and flossing routine to keep bacteria at bay. Also, be sure to visit your dentist every six months for a cleaning and examination to keep your teeth and gums healthy and clean.
- Chronic stress can be a contributing factor to bruxism or grinding of the teeth, which can wear down the tooth enamel over time and lead to severe damage, such as cracked teeth or tooth loss. If grinding is a problem for you, talk to your dentist about a mouthguard to protect your teeth from excessive wear while you sleep.
- Struggling with money stresses us out. And when we’re worried about money, we might be more likely to turn to unhealthy foods that are high in fat and sugar, which can wreak havoc on our oral health. Many sugary foods and drinks contain a high level of acid that wears away at the enamel of our teeth, making them susceptible to decay. Other foods we may crave when stressed are those that are fatty, salty, or fried, which can lead to inflammation in our gum tissues. All of these factors could lead to tooth sensitivity.
To learn more about oral health, visit Auburn Dental Group at 5603 Auburn St., Suite B, Bakersfield, CA 93306, or call us at (661) 327-2189 to schedule an appointment.