Stress and Your TeethPublished on August 17, 2011 by Jason McDowell
Stress not only causes sleepless nights, gray hair and anxiety, it also affects your dental health.
How stress is bad for your teeth
Symptoms of stress affecting your dental health include face or mouth pain, cold or canker sores, gum disease and bruxism. Clenching your teeth can result in joint pain in the jaw, as well as wearing down the tooth surfaces.
Stress can also result in bad eating habits, which, along with poor brushing and flossing habits, only increases the likelihood for more decay. High levels of stress can result in an increase of dental plaque. Continuing stress can sometimes result in depression and studies indicates that people with depression have twice the risk for gum disease.
If stress is a factor in your life, talk to your dentist about how to manage your dental care and be sure to keep on schedule with your regular cleanings and checkups.