Take it Easy
7 Ways Stress Impacts Oral Health

Take it EasyYou’re probably well aware that stress is brutal to your body. It disrupts sleep, causes weight gain, can lead to irritable bowel syndrome, panic attacks, and much more.

But did you also know that stress can lead to some ominous outcomes for your oral health? You might be surprised to see just how serious stress can be…

Dangerous Dry Mouth

Stress can cause chronic dryness in the oral cavity, thanks to decreased saliva production. While a dry mouth might not seem very dangerous, the condition is more than just annoying. Cavities and other problems occur much more frequently when your mouth isn’t well-hydrated, because there’s not enough saliva to wash away the food particles that bad bacteria thrive on.  Furthermore, dry mouth can lead to halitosis, better known as bad breath.

Uncool Canker Sores

Canker sores are a bit of a mystery. No one is really sure what causes them, but they occur much more frequently during times of great stress. Although they are generally harmless, they can be quite painful, which might negatively impact your brushing, flossing, and eating habits.

Greater Instances of Gum Disease

It’s no secret that stress can suppress the immune system, leading to a higher likelihood of you falling prey to the flu or a common cold. Did you ever consider how a compromised immune system could impact your mouth, though? Studies on long-term or chronic stress have uncovered that the risk for periodontal diseases skyrockets with stress in the picture.

Painful Lichen Planus Problems

Lichen Planus is a condition characterized by sores, ulcers, and white lines in the mouth. While its cause is still somewhat unclear, many experts on the matter believe it is the result of viral infections induced by stress.

Terrible TMJ

The temporomandibular joint can be impacted by stress in a number of ways. Anxiety and depression may trigger pain and stiffness in the joint, and stress leads to tooth-grinding at night, which will only exacerbate the situation.

Embarrassing Burning Mouth Syndrome

This condition can be caused by number of factors, including stress. It involves a potentially painful sensation of burning on the lips, gums, tongue, or palate, which can easily distract you from doing the day-to-day activities you usually take for granted.

Bad-for-the-Bones Bruxism

Grinding your teeth in your sleep leaves you with more than just a major headache when you wake up. Bruxism damages teeth quite quickly, and can lead to permanent damage to the TMJ joint as well.

Perhaps worst of all, stress can put a drastic damper on your oral hygiene routine. It’s hard to remember to brush and floss when you are dealing with a loss, pulling an all-nighter for work, or craving caramel candies before bed.

However, taking a few minutes to give your mouth-and mind a little extra TLC now will pay off immensely, later. How do you plan on taking it easy for the sake of your teeth?

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