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How Does Stress Affect Your Teeth?

Our lives are arguably busier than ever before. Juggling work, family, finances and more can lead to high levels of stress. Unfortunately, stress doesn’t only put a lot of strain on your mental and physical health – it can also have a negative impact on your oral health.

Stress can show itself in your oral health in many ways:

Teeth Grinding

One of the most common signs of stress is teeth grinding. People who are experiencing high amounts of stress often grind their teeth at night, but they may not even know until they start experiencing tooth pain. If you are regularly grinding your teeth at night, you will be wearing down your enamel and making your teeth more sensitive. Teeth grinding can also cause mouth sores which will further add to your discomfort.

To avoid permanent damage to your teeth you should speak to your dentist about wearing a mouthguard at night. A mouthguard will stop your grinding your teeth and protect any further damage to your enamel.

Declining Oral Health Maintenance

Prolonged stress can put your mental health under a lot of strain and doing so can make you depressed. People who suffer with a decline in mental health often ‘let themselves go’ and stop taking care of themselves, including brushing their teeth.

It is important that if you or a loved one are suffering with high levels of stress; you try your very best to maintain your oral heath routine. Not brushing your teeth can lead to all sorts of dental problems that can take a long time to resolve.

Poor Diet

When we are experiencing stress, we often don’t feel like cooking healthy meals so instead eat unhealthy convenience foods. Some people also over eat as a comfort mechanism, again usually unhealthy foods. Make sure you only have healthy foods in your fridge to resist temptation, as lots of sugary and starchy foods can be very bad for your teeth and lead to a build-up of plaque.

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