Can Stress affect your mouth?!

Can Stress affect your mouth?!

March 6, 2020 10:29 am Published by

Living in Dubai can be overwhelming and sometimes a bit stressful. Like in every big city there are a lot of challenges to face. Starting a life as a stranger in a new country, growing in your career while trying to prove yourself, caring for your family and always trying to be there can sometimes create an enormous pressure if you are not taking good care of yourself. 

Having a stressful life can affect your life, soul and body in so many ways and this includes your mouth, too.  There are certain findings that a dentist can see in your mouth that can be resulting from stress. 

What can be your mouth stress indicators??

  • Bruxism (teeth grinding)

Grinding your teeth consciously and unconsciously during night is a harmful way to release stress. This habit if done for a long time can affect your teeth by wearing them out and creating sensitivity. It can also have an impact on your jaws and create TMJ disorders. 

If you think you are grinding your teeth, it’s extremely important to talk to your dentist. The treatment usually includes a night guard that is worn during the night to help protect your teeth and gums. 

  • Gum Disease 

A stressed body and mind lowers the immune system and therefore becomes more susceptible to infection.  If you feel your gums started to become too red and are bleeding easily this is a sign for inflamed gums that need proper gum treatment. Progression of simple gum disease may result in pockets and eventually tooth loss if left untreated. Your dentist will emphasize on the importance of oral hygiene measures and make sure you get a 6 months cleaning session. 

  • Canker sores

The cause of the so common “canker sores” is still not known but may be triggered by stress. That’s why it’s so common in young adults during examination periods.  They usually disappear and do not require treatment but the dentist can help alleviate your pain if needed. 

If you are leading a stressful life, make sure you are taking enough breaks to release your mind and body because stress can affect you in many ways.  Even if you are not well aware of it, your usual 6 months dental check up can actually be an eye opener for your need to relax if stress is crawling slowly and affecting your wellbeing.  If you need more information visit us at Drs. Nicolas & Asp centers, today! 

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