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Stress And The Effect On Your Oral Health

Stress And The Effect On Your Oral Health

We can’t believe that November is here. We hope that you are enjoying the beautiful fall foliage and outdoor activities that we have available in our area this time of year. Before you know it, the holiday season will arrive, followed quickly by the start of the new year. While we have many patients who are excited for all of the festivities that the holidays bring, especially after the limitations many of us had last year due to the pandemic, we know not everyone shares this excitement. The holidays can be a stressful time for some people. You might be surprised to learn that added stress can have an effect on your oral health.

Oral Health Issues Caused by Stress

There are many different ways that our body shows signs of stress and anxiety. Some people experience weight loss or weight gain, others may lose their hair, and an increase in acne is also common. While many of these are frequent signs of anxiety, your teeth can also see effects of stress:

Dental Wear
During times of stress, you may have periods that you are clenching or grinding your teeth. Many times this condition remains undetected until it is pointed out by a loved one or during your hygiene examination. Our team may notice that your dental enamel appears worn down or damaged. While initial wear on your teeth does not cause immediate emergencies, overtime it can lead to great discomfort and the need for dental procedures. If not treated in a timely fashion, there are two symptoms you may begin to notice:

  • Tooth Sensitivity – It is not uncommon to experience tooth sensitivity from time to time; however, if you are feeling discomfort repeatedly, it can be a sign that you have an issue with your dental enamel.
  • Cracked Teeth – When worn enamel remains undetected for too long, teeth become vulnerable and can crack. This is when the pressure on the enamel becomes too great and cracks may develop. Cracks need to be treated as soon as possible to avoid tooth loss.

If you are located in the Baldwinsville, NY area and are experiencing the effects of stress on the teeth such as worn enamel, teeth sensitivity, or cracked teeth, be sure to contact our office as soon as possible. We can help restore the function of your teeth as soon as possible. Wishing you much health and relaxation in the upcoming holiday season.