How Stress Affects Your Oral Health

Stress Affects Oral Health

Did you know that your mouth can show signs of distress? Just as a knot in your stomach, or disrupted sleepcan be a sign that your body is under extreme stress, there are a handful of oral indicators as well. Stress has become commonplace in today’s world, and if you want to know how much of an impact it has on us, your favorite dentist in West Hollywood, Dr. Farahmand, is here to discuss how stress affects your oral health.

Oral Conditions Caused by Stress

You know that too much stress can lead to a decline in your overall health, but severe stress can also cause problems in your teeth, jaw, mouth, and gums. Many dentists can detect signs of stress during a routine examination because of the following symptoms a patient presents:

  • Canker Sores: Canker sores are small spots with a white or gray base and red borders. They generally occur inside the mouth and are not contagious. Experts are unsure about the exact cause of these mouth sores but they are often triggered by trauma (biting your cheek, brushing too hard and frequently) and stress.
  • Teeth Grinding and Jaw Clenching: Stress and anxiety is one of the leading causes of teeth clenching and grinding. Nervous tension, anger and frustration can cause people to clench and grind their teeth without even realizing it. Therefore, it is important for you to keep an eye out for the following signs: tips of the teeth appear flat, tooth enamel has rubbed off causing extreme sensitivity, and/or tongue indentations. If you experience any of these symptoms, set up an appointment with Dr. Farahmand, your West Hollywood dentist, for the right treatment. Left untreated, habitual jaw clenching can lead to problems with a joint known as TMJ (temporomandibular join) and the associated muscles used in moving the jaw and neck.
  • Poor Oral Health Habits: Living in extreme stress can cause people to skip brushing and flossing, and can lead to poor eating habits. If you do not maintain proper oral hygiene habits, you increase your chances of developing cavities, tooth decay, and gum disease.

Reduce Your Symptoms

It’s important to get to the root of the problem and figure what is causing the symptoms. If you or a loved one is experiencing any of the symptoms listed above, or have any questions or concerns about stress and how it is affecting your oral health, call OF Dental Care today and schedule an appointment with our reputable dentist in West Hollywood, Dr. Farahmand, DMD at 310.273.3650 or to learn more about our individualized, top-notch dental care visit



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