Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Is Stress Affecting Your Teeth? | The Dacula Dentist

Stress is a part of all of our lives and controlling stress can be challenging. Most of us know that stress impacts our bodies negatively, including blood pressure, headaches, backaches and more.  But did you know if can harm your teeth and gums as well?

Stress impedes our immune’s systems ability to fight off harmful health conditions and compels us to take on unhealthy habits. When stress starts taking it’s toll on your dental health, you may begin to notice canker sores and teeth grinding. Both of which are bad for your oral health, especially teeth grinding with can lead to a painful condition called TMJ.  You may also see an increase in your cravings for sugary treats, junk food and soda. These foods can reek havoc on your teeth, leading to cavities and enamel erosion. Some even start smoking to deal with stress, which leads to all kinds of medical problems, including mouth and throat cancer.

It is important to be aware of how stress levels can negatively impact your dental health.  Here are few things you can do to help combat these effects:

  • Try some new stress reducing activities, including meditation, exercise and nature walks.
  • Seek counseling for serious stressors like marital problems, workplace issues, loss of a loved one and major life changing events.
  • Talk to your dentist about solutions. You may be able to use a mouth guard or change your oral care regimen at home to defend against tooth decay and oral disease.
If you would like to learn even more about how to care for your teeth, contact us. We believe your emotional and physical health are directly related and work with our patients to ensure they have the best dental health possible.

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