Did you know that too much stress can affect your teeth and gums? Teeth grinding, canker sores, gum disease, and neglecting your oral hygiene are just some of the ways stress impacts your oral health.
Stress can cause you to clench your teeth at night or slide them back and forth. Some of the symptoms of teeth grinding include,
- Sleep disorders
- Jaw pain
- Abnormal tooth wear
- Broken/chipped teeth
- TMJ disorder
- Change in facial appearance
If you’re under a lot of stress, that’s how canker sores develop. Researchers are the Mayo Clinic found these possible causes:
- Minor mouth injuries
- Brushing too hard
- Sports accidents
- Accidental cheek bites
- Food sensitivities
- Vitamin deficiencies
- Allergic responses
- Emotional stress
How to Manage and Reduce Your Stress Levels
Avoid, or at least reduce smoking, and any drinks containing caffeine and alcohol. Try to indulge in physical activity, maybe it’s as simple as going for a walk around the block. Get more sleep. Try relaxation techniques. Talk to someone because just by talking to someone about you feel can help. Keep a stress diary for a few weeks to help you become more aware of the situations which cause you to become stressed.
Take control of your stress. Find solutions to your problems and watch how fast you lower your stress. Manage your time and learn to say “no.” Finally, rest if you are ill. Just be taking it easy will enable your body to recover faster.
If you need additional tips or someone to talk to, talk to your local dentist! They’ll be happy to help you manage your stress in any way they can.