Too much stress is never good for the body, particularly for the mouth. The fact is you never have to tell when you’re burned out because the mouth can do the talking for you. The state of your oral health tells a great deal about stress. Here are mouth-related signs you’re stressed out:
1. Chipped Tooth
People often develop the habit of teeth grinding (bruxism) when they experience intense anxiety. You may not be aware that you’re doing this since it often happens during sleep.
If you notice that your teeth have chips along the edges and at the same time, you experience jaw pain when opening and closing your mouth, then you’re likely to have developed bruxism. Severe cases of teeth grinding can lead to chipping, loosening, or wearing down of teeth. It may even need emergency dental treatment. South Jordan dentists often give mouth guards for patients to stop the habit.
2. Dental Abscess
When you’re stressed out, you’re less likely to maintain good oral hygiene, which leads to plaque build-up, making you vulnerable for bacterial infection. And since you’re under stress, the body finds it more difficult to fight off that infection.
Over time, dental abscess forms, with pus beginning to collect inside the teeth or gums. If you experience tooth pain and sensitivity, along with swallowing difficulties and fever, this might signal a dental abscess. Doctors would prescribe pain medications and may recommend root canal treatment.
3. Bleeding Gums
Many people think that tiny spats of blood when they brush their teeth aren’t a cause of concern, but this is often a symptom of gum disease. Periodontitis, or the inflammation of the gums, is closely linked to stress. As mentioned, stress can contribute to an increased risk of infections since it compromises the body’s natural way of fighting bacteria. This puts you more susceptible to gum disease. Don’t dismiss bleeding gums, and prevent it as much as you can by following good oral care habits.
Is stress wrecking your oral health? Practice stress-relieving techniques to prevent teeth and gum problems. Consult your dentist for other ways you can protect your oral health.