Stress isn’t good for your mind, body or skin, but it’s especially not good for your smile. There are many oral problems that go hand in hand with stress and can have a negative impact on the way your smile looks and operates.
Teeth Grinding. Teeth grinding and/or jaw clenching (also known as bruxism) is one of the most common oral side effects of stress. Most people who have a problem with teeth grinding don’t know that they do as it will often happen at night while sleeping. Some symptoms include: tight jaw muscles, face pain, jaw popping, damage/broken teeth, consistent headaches and lower jaw swelling.
Gum Inflammation. Stress has the power to weaken your immune system and can lead to certain inflammatory conditions. Research shows that those who are going through a stressful time are at greatest risk for periodontal disease.
Dry Mouth. Dry mouth is a condition that should be taken very seriously and it can severely impact your dental health. When saliva is limited, it means that bacteria and food particles are less likely to get washed away and this can lead to tooth decay and/or inflammation. Dry mouth is also a known side-effect of anti-depression and anxiety medications.
What To Do About About Stress and Your Smile
Being stressed is never fun and it’s often not something that will just go away overnight. If you’re suffering from stress, it’s very important to make an appointment with our team of dental professionals at least once every 6 months. This way we can monitor your oral health and let you know if there’s any problems arising. In between appointments, we suggest trying:
- Exercise regularly
- Practice meditation
- Maintain a healthy diet
- Talk to friends/family
- Make time for selfcare
Get Help With Your Smile In Toronto!
We know that this year has been stressful for many, so now might be a good time to check-in on your smile to make sure it’s healthy. At Dentistry in Motion, we offer Toronto preventative dentistry, restorative dentistry and even more to help your smile! To make an appointment, we encourage you to email us or call (416) 785-7619. New patients are always welcome!