Stress affects oral health
If you are stressed out, chances are that your oral health is under duress too. Physical and emotional symptoms of stress like anxiety, headaches and stomachaces can also affect your oral health. Your body may be trying to tell you that you need to take steps to reduce your stress.Look for these early warning signs –
Oral conditions caused by stress*
Stress can affect your oral health in a number of ways:
- Jaw issues, or disorders of the jaw joint or chewing muscles. These can cause pain around the ear or face.
- Teeth grinding or bruxism. This can happen during the day, especially when you’re concentrating, or most likely when you are unaware during your sleep.
- Poor oral hygiene, caused by a lack of good brushing and flossing. If you’re too busy or forget to keep up with your dental hygiene, or don’t have time to brush 2-3 minutes 2 to 3 times per day, you can wind up with tooth decay and gum disease.
- Cold sores, which are caused by the herpes simplex virus HSV-1. Cold sores are often triggered by dental treatment, stress and sunlight.
- Oral infections or sores, which may show up as ulcers, white lines, or white or red spots. These can be brought on by stress.
- Decreased immune response, caused by stress, which can lead to periodontal (gum) disease.
It’s important to get to the root of the problem and figure out why you’re stressed. Once you’ve pinpointed the causes, think about how to lower your stress levels.
If you are experiencing stress and exhibiting any of the above oral symptoms, call Brit Phillips DDS Fort Worth at 817-361-1999. Dr. Phillips can offer treatment options such as:
- Getting a custom-fitted night guard. It can be worn at night to prevent tooth damage caused from grinding and clenching. The night guard also creates a cushion to remove stress on your aching muscles and joint tissues.
- If you are a tobacco user, Dr. Phillips can offer options to help you quit. This can include establishing connections with online or face-to-face group or individual counseling programs in our area or certain products or medications which may help.
- If you are experiencing jaw pain, Dr. Phillips can offer tips on how to manage pain through gentle massage, physical therapy, or other therapies.
- Dr. Phillips can prescribe anti-inflammatory drugs which can help with inflammation of the jaw joint.
- If you are struggling with cold sores, Dr. Phillips could talk about how antiviral drugs and the use of SPF 30+ sunscreen may help.