How Can Stress Affect Oral Health?

Posted by Gorham & Ammarell Dentistry on Apr 24 2023, 11:38 AM

Stress is a normal part of life. However, too much stress can be harmful to your health. This includes your oral health. Too much stress can cause a number of dental issues, from dry mouth and gum disease to bruxism and tooth damage.

As well as harming your physical health, stress may also have a negative effect on your oral health. When you are feeling stressed, your body produces more adrenaline and cortisol hormones. The rise in hormone levels causes an increase in blood flow throughout your body, including your gums, which can lead to an increased risk of developing gum disease. In addition to increasing the risk of gum disease, stress can also contribute to other oral health issues, such as bruxism and dry mouth.

Stress can lead to bruxism when a patient unknowingly grinds their teeth or clenches their jaw during times of increased stress. While most people may occasionally grind their teeth and clench their jaw while sleeping, it should not happen on a regular basis. If bruxism occurs more than a couple of times a month, it can lead to additional wear and tear on the teeth as well as temporomandibular joint disorders.

Another potential health concern associated with stress is xerostomia, or the medical condition commonly referred to as dry mouth. When saliva production decreases, there is an increased risk of cavities and decay. In addition, reduced saliva flow can also lead to an overgrowth of the bacteria in the mouth that cause bad breath. 

There are several options for managing stress and improving your overall quality of life. One of the easiest things you can do to reduce stress is to get plenty of exercise on a daily basis. Not only can regular exercise help manage your stress levels, but it can also improve your sense of well-being and overall health. Other ways you can reduce your stress may include meditation or taking a walk outside. You might also take more risks with your oral health by skipping regular checkups and brushing less frequently. 

To schedule an appointment with our office, call us at [phone]. We will be happy to get you scheduled so you can get on your way to a healthier smile!

To find out more about the dental services offered at Gorham & Ammarell Dentistry, call (615) 327-4914 or schedule an online consultation. You can also visit us at 124 30th Ave N, Nashville, TN 37203.

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