In today's hectic world, stress is a concern that affects many of us. When you are overwhelmed with stress, your overall wellness could be affected. Even your oral health may be impacted as a result of stress.
Many people have a habit of grinding their teeth when they are dealing with a stressful situation. Known as bruxism, this condition can cause damage to the enamel and teeth, and soreness and headaches are also possible. If bruxism is an ongoing issue, you may need a mouth guard to prevent damage, especially at night.
Canker sores aren't well understood. These painful white spots inside of the mouth are harmless, but they may develop as a result of stress. While there isn't much you can do to treat them, they should go away on their own within a week or two.
If you are feeling so stressed out that you can't keep up with your normal oral hygiene routine, tooth decay may result. If you find that you aren't brushing or flossing as much due to stress, you may be putting your teeth at risk of decay. Likewise, if stress and anxiety have you eating too much junk food, your poor diet could affect your oral health.
Stress is one of the main contributors to dry mouth, which involves a lack of saliva needed to wash away food particles and bacteria. Plus, if your stress level becomes so high that you need medication to treat depression or anxiety, you may experience dry mouth as a side effect to those prescriptions.
If you are concerned about how your stress level is affecting your oral health, call us today for an evaluation. We can inspect your teeth and gums and can offer suggestions on how to improve your oral health routine. Your health - oral and overall - is important to us.
Christopher D. Kooning DMD, PC (503) 673-9097
15962 Boones Ferry Rd, Suite 105 Lake Oswego, OR97035