Signs Stress Is Affecting Your Oral Health
It is not uncommon to hear children and teens speak longingly about material items, jobs, and freedoms that many adults appear to have. Teens and children have the pleasure of only seeing the positive aspects of aging, and it is not until they become older that they realize all the responsibilities that being an adult entails. Most adults would agree that this past year left many dreaming of the carefree days of their youth. Stress is a term that has become more prevalent after dealing with the effects of the pandemic. Unfortunately, stress not only affects your overall health, but your dental health as well.
Stress and the Effect on the Mouth
We have all had to deal with life adjustments over the past year. Many have had to work from home, adjust to virtual learning, and not see friends and family even over holidays. No matter what is being experienced, we are seeing the effects the added stress is causing our patients. Your mouth reveals a lot of what is happening in your body and your life. When looking in your mouth, we can tell how often you properly care for your teeth, the types of foods you prefer, and your stress level.
Warning Signs of Stress
Your mouth can reveal in many different ways that you are experiencing an abundance of stress:
Cracked and Worn Teeth
Often, when people are feeling stressed or anxious, they have a habit of grinding their teeth. This is when you press your top teeth and bottom teeth together by using pressure. When this pressure continues for an extended period of time, the hard outer shell of your teeth begins to wear away. When that happens, your teeth are more vulnerable and can crack or break easily.
During times of stress, sores can appear in the mouth. They can also occur after biting the inside of your mouth, as many do when nervous. If you have dealt with this issue before, you know that it is not a fun time. If you are feeling discomfort, be sure to use an over-the-counter numbing agent.
When experiencing stress or anxiety, it can cause your heart rate to rise, increasing your breathing rate. You might have experienced this feeling after a heavy workout or running. Be sure to drink plenty of water to increase saliva production.
If you notice that you are experiencing any issues with your mouth, please contact our office located in Wellington, FL as soon as possible. Dental issues that remain untreated can progress into something serious over time and can lead to extreme discomfort and costly repairs. We hope that you are staying healthy and safe and look forward to seeing you at your next appointment.