Stress is often an inescapable part of so many of our lives. And we know that tense muscles and headaches can be attributed to stress, as well as more serious conditions such as high blood pressure and heart disease. But did you know stress can also have an adverse effect on your teeth?
Outside of taking steps to alleviate your stress, which is good for your overall health, follow these guidelines to help lessen its effects on your teeth and gums.
Whether during sleep or a stressful day, clenching and grinding your teeth is a common side effect of stress. It can lead to Temporomandibular Disorders (TMJ) as well as wear down teeth, weakening them. To help ease teeth grinding, it may be recommended that you were a night guard during sleep to prevent this unconscious habit.
Don’t Forget to Clean
With stressful thoughts occupying your mind, it may be easy to forego the simple daily steps you need to follow to maintain your basic dental health. Always take time to brush, floss and rinse to help reduce your risk of bacteria aiding in plaque build-up and cavities.
Weakened dental health and teeth more susceptible to decay, when combined with grinding, can result in loosened teeth and potential tooth loss.
Although it’s easy to say “relax” than be relaxed, taking steps to alleviate stressors in your life can benefit your health is many ways.