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7 Signs That Stress is Affecting Your Oral Health

7 Signs That Stress is Affecting Your Oral Health

As patients of our Sandy family dentistry know, stress can cause serious damage to the health of your teeth and gums. In fact, in a recent interview, actress Demi Moore admitted to losing two teeth due to the impact of stress on her life and oral health. While stress and tooth loss may seem like an unlikely combination, it’s far more a reality than what many patients may expect.

The biggest threat to your oral health and primary cause of permanent tooth loss is gum disease. While the disease is often caused by a combination of poor brushing and dietary habits, stress can also contribute to gum disease. Here are a few other ways that stress can negatively impact your oral health.

Translucent Teeth

If you begin to notice that your teeth have started to become more translucent or getting shorter, you may be experiencing the symptoms of bruxism, or teeth grinding. Teeth grinding is often an unconscious habit for many people that experience a lot of stress during their daily lives. The condition can have serious consequences for your oral health, and you need to see Dr. Conklin as you might need a bite guard to protect the health of your teeth from any additional wear.

Jaw Pain

If you feel a click or ache in the joint of your jaw, you may be experiencing a sign of stress that has manifest itself as TMJ. Dr. Conklin can provide advice on how to deal with the problem and you may need a treatment for the jaw, such as a special splint or even Botox treatment to relieve the symptoms caused by stress related TMJ.

Bleeding Gums

If your gums bleed easily after brushing, floss, or eating you may be noticing the symptoms of gum disease. High stress levels can cause an influx of stress hormones that can make conditions like gum disease worse. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Conklin as you may need to receive gum treatment such as a root planning under the gums.

Oral Abscess

An oral abscess can be caused during times of stress due to an inability of your body to fight off infection. Stress works to weaken the immune system, making it harder for the body to prevent injections. If you develop an oral abscess you may need to take antibiotics to treat this extremely painful condition.

Root Canal Problems

Root canal problems can be caused by stress if the grinding becomes so severe that the nerves of a tooth become exposed. Dr. Conklin may need to conduct a root canal procedure to remove the nerve of a tooth in order to save the structure of the tooth as a whole.

Chronic Bad Breath

Bad breath also ranks as another sign of stress. Stomach acids can build up during times of stress and lead to acid reflux, a condition that causes stomach acid and bacteria to travel up the esophagus and into the mouth. These substances from the stomach contain compounds that cause bad breath. Taking antacids and other types of medication can help to reduce acid reflux and help to eliminate bad breath.

Cheek Biting

Frequently biting the cheek is another sign we see in patients suffering from high levels of stress at our Sandy family dentistry. For some patients, this is a habit they use to help cope with stress. Methods used to curb this habit includes learning stress management techniques such as exercise and meditation.

Protecting Your Child’s Oral Health

Protecting Your Child’s Oral Health

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Dealing With Sugar Dependency

Dealing With Sugar Dependency

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Winning the War Against Plaque

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Blood Sugar Blues: How Dr. Conklin Can Help Spot Diabetes

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While many patients don’t expect to have a conversation about diabetes when in for a dental checkup or cleaning, the diagnosing and screening for the disease may become more common than you’d think. In a recent study published in the Journal of the Irish Dental Association, researchers from the Dublin Dental University Hospital suggest that… Continue Reading

New Oral Therapy Could Help to Reduce Allergies

New Oral Therapy Could Help to Reduce Allergies

Even though the cold, dry air of winter has given allergy suffers a slight reprieve from warm, pollen filled spring breezes, allergy season is never far enough away. While those who suffer from severe seasonal allergies struggle to find ways to deal with the constant sniffling and sneezing, researchers continue to make progress that promises to help allergy… Continue Reading

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