Old Settlers Dental | Round Rock, TX

Stress and Your Dental Health

August 14, 2017
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Posted By: Dr. Fredrick R. Lewcock, DDS, FAGD, MICOI
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Stress can play a large role in the quality of your health. It can take its toll on just about every system, including your teeth. These problems can range from teeth grinding and clenching to poor nutrition and oral hygiene. We all do our best to maintain proper hygiene and oral care so we can have the beautiful smiles we treasure. Some of the dental issues that may come to play during moments of high stress are teeth grinding, jaw clenching, mouth sores, gum disease and dry mouth. Many of them can be easily treated and reversed with proper treatment and stress management.

 

Symptoms and Issues

Teeth grinding and jaw clenching are some of the most common symptoms of stress. When you are feeling stressed or frustrated, you may be unconsciously clenching your jaw tight or grinding your teeth together. This can lead to headaches, jaw pain and damage to your teeth. If you are having pain, make sure to schedule an appointment to make sure there isn't any damage.

Gum disease and dry mouth can also occur during high-stress times. You may have a lack of saliva which will cause dry mouth. Stress can cause your immune system to lower and gum disease to occur.

 

Managing Your Stress

Managing your stress levels is key to your health. Finding stress management techniques such as exercise, meditation, yoga and other things like that can help you bring yourself back into a more relaxed state. This is helpful for every part of your health.

    Even with proper stress management, you still need to have good sleep, nutrition and oral hygiene. Keep appointments with your local round rock dentist every six months, so if any problems have started to build up, they can find it and help treat it early. Call us today to schedule your appointment!

 
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