Stress and its Effects on Oral Health

Stress and its Effects on Oral HealthMost people are aware that stress can create a number of health problems from headaches to weight gain, but it can affect oral health as well. Chronic stress, depression, and even periods of temporary stress can be detrimental to a person’s oral health. If you are struggling with stress, it is important to talk to our dentist in Los Angeles about maintaining your oral health.

Stress Directly Affects Oral Health

Stress and anxiety can directly affect oral health in a number of ways. Mouth sores like canker sores, fever blisters, and a condition involving painful ulcers and white lines called Lichen Planus can all be triggered by stress. Discomfort caused by Burning Mouth Syndrome or dry mouth can also be caused by stress. Stress can also create more serious oral health problems like bruxism or tooth grinding and temporomandibular joint disorders or TMJ.

Stress Indirectly Affects Oral Health

Not only can stress and anxiety directly affect oral health, but they have indirectly effects as well. Stress often has a negative impact on the immune system, increasing a person's susceptibility to gingivitis and other infections. Eating habits may suffer when a person is suffering from the effects of stress, and occasionally oral hygiene habits suffer as well, leading to an increased risk of tooth decay and gum disease. Some individuals may be more likely to abuse alcohol, tobacco, or other drugs when suffering from stress. All of these habits are damaging to oral health.

If you are concerned that your stress is affecting your oral health, our Los Angeles dentist can help. Regular dental checkups can help detect problems early. Learning better ways to manage stress and treating stress-related oral health problems will save your smile for many years to come.

Source: Dentist Los Angeles

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