The Impact of Stress on Your Dental Health & Teeth

Everyone deals with stress in their own, unique way, and for most that is through body language. And one of those – teeth grinding is one of the most commonly found acute physical responses to stress.

Teeth grinding can be exercised consciously or unconsciously, either throughout the day or night. While as harmless as it may seem, it can lead to much bigger problems such as ground-down teeth or joint issues like TMJ.

Dental Problems Causes by Stress:

  • TMJ
  • Canker Sores
  • Bruxism/Teeth Grinding
  • Dry Mouth
  • Gum Disease

How to Prevent Stress-Induced Dental Problems

There are many ways that you can go about reducing the occurrence of stress-induced dental problems. Here are some ways that can help not only reduce the effects of stress on your teeth but also get the source – lowering stress overall.

  • Practice stress-reducing activities such as physical activities (i.e.yoga, listening to music, meditation)
  • Wear a dental guard at night to reduce teeth grinding
  • Eat a healthy, balanced diet
  • Get plenty of sleep
  • Laugh it off
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