Stressing your Oral Health
We blame illnesses for affecting our health, but it may actually be stress. Symptoms of stress like high blood pressure, severe headaches, and insomnia affect your health without you even realizing it. A certain amount of stress can be beneficial, but Dr. James Wells and our team know it can also take a toll on your mouth if it’s overlooked.
A few ways stress affects your mouth are:
Infections are more likely to develop from stress and depression that may harm your immune system. Research suggests with a lower immune system you can develop (and they may even stick around) canker sores or more frequent cold sore outbreaks. Give Dr. James Wells a call to schedule an appointment if mouth sores are becoming a recurring problem.
Bruxism, also known as teeth grinding, is common for people who are trying to cope with stress. People may unconsciously grind their teeth at night, but the there is still the possibility of damage. This condition requires treatment to prevent tooth damage, TMJ (temporomandibular joint dysfunction), and headaches. If you think you may be grinding your teeth at night call Dr. James Wells and he will decide if a night guard is recommended for you.
Bad oral health habits are easy to start when you are stressed. Stress often leads people to smoking, drinking, and neglecting your daily brushing and flossing routine. Try to keep up with your oral health routine even if you’re feeling under a lot of pressure recently. It will pay off at your next visit with Dr. James Wells and our team.
We know there is no easy solution to reduce your stress levels, but Dr. James Wells and our team at Wells Family Dentistry don’t have the perfect answer yet, but we do have suggestions on a good place to start. Try eating healthy, exercising regularly, and spending time with your friends and family to reduce the stress levels in your life.