Stress Can Affect Your Dental Health

Stress Can Affect Your Dental HealthStress can wreak havoc in your body in the form of anxiety disorders, panic attacks, and insomnia. Even your mouth can be affected by stress. Researchers have recently found a connection between stress and oral health. Your Northridge dentist indicates that stress can cause the following dental conditions: bruxism, canker sores, dry mouth, burning mouth syndrome, lichen planus, and TMJ.

Bruxism, otherwise known as teeth grinding, is a common side effect of stress. Teeth grinding can lead to tooth damage and discomfort. Make an appointment with your dentist to get outfitted with a mouth guard if you suspect you may be grinding your teeth at night.

Canker Sores
Stress can bring on canker sores. Although, these small sores are harmless, they can be quite painful.

Dry Mouth
Dry mouth occurs when the mouth does not produce enough saliva. Dry mouth stems from stress and acts as a side effect of certain prescription drugs used to treat depression.

Burning Mouth Syndrome
Burning mouth syndrome—characterized by a burning sensation on the tongue, gums, lips, and/or palate—can result from stress and other psychological issues.

Lichen Planus
Lichen planus is distinguished by sores, ulcers, and white lines in the mouth. Lichen planus arises from a viral infection, which is caused by stress.

Trauma and tooth grinding usually bring on temporomandibular joint disorders, more commonly known by its acronym TMJ. Emotional factors including depression, anxiety, and stress often provoke symptoms of TMJ.

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