5 ways stress can affect your teeth

Each year, we’re told we should be worrying about something else. First, it’s dairy. Next, it’s glucose. Current experts predict next year’s new worry will be a race between red meat and the surprise return of sugar. Yet there is one thing that will always be a backburner stress in our lives, and that’s stress.

Here, EP-DENT advise us on the five ways stress negatively impacts your dental health:

  1. Neglect – being stressed can throw our day-to-day routine out of whack. How and what we prioritise is thrown lopsided, and often we’re ‘too tired’ to brush our teeth. Tending to our oral hygiene should always (at the very least) bookend our day. Moreover, we tend to stress-eat and have an increased craving for sugar. Learning to drink more water to stay hydrated helps prevent those pesky stress-headaches, alongside contributing to overall dental health.
  2. Grinding – also called bruxism, stress can lead to excessive teeth grinding and jaw clenching. This can lead to broken teeth, premature tooth wear, headaches, plus neck and jaw ache. When you catch yourself clenching, put your tongue between your teeth (which relaxes the jaw) and take a moment to breathe.
    5 ways stress can affect your teeth
  3. Developing Temporomandibular Joint Disorder – otherwise called TMJD, this is what teeth clenching and grinding can result in. It may require you wear a mouth guard or even undergo further dental treatment to recover from it. Yikes. To pre-emptively prevent TMJD, taking time out to relax per day with progressive muscle relaxation techniques.
    5 ways stress can affect your teeth
  4. Mouth ulcers – stress is one of the top causes of mouth ulcers. They invite bacterial infection into the mouth – gross. To stop those ulcers sending out Save the Date cards to bacteria for your mouth, go on holiday! When the body becomes a visible sign of stress, you know it’s time to sit back and relax in the sun.
  5. Gum disease – stress compromises our immune system, which leaves it at an increased risk of gum-related diseases like gingivitis and periodontitis. Try unplugging and mediating; dedicating time to compartmentalise and simply be to de-stress.

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Whatever dental concerns you have on your mind, don’t suffer in silence! Whether you’d like to book a consultation or would just like to receive some expert advice on how to keep your oral health in check, fill out our form below and a member of our team will be in touch with you soon.

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