What Stress Does to Your Gums

Posted on 5/15/2019 by Karl Olson
What Stress Does to Your GumsYour oral health is affected more by stress than you may be aware. Too much stress can lead to teeth grinding, gum disease and temporomandibular joint pain, or TMJ. Reducing stress can be difficult, and we are here to help you before it starts to negatively affect your oral health.

Stress and Oral Health

Bruxism, commonly known as teeth grinding, can be a side effect of excessive stress and lead to things like jaw pain, sleep disorders, abnormal tooth wear and even broken or chipped teeth. The excessive pressure that grinding your teeth causes on your gums can not only increase your chances of developing periodontal disease, but it can actually change the appearance of your face.

When your body is experiencing stress and anxiety, it manufactures fewer immune cells. These immune cells work to protect your mouth from bacteria that develops in your mouth. When the bacteria begin to build up, it causes inflammation and if left untreated can develop into gum disease. Periodontal disease can lead to tooth decay and even tooth loss, not to mention if the infection reaches your blood stream, the damage it can cause to the rest of your body.

Reducing Stress

The most important step in reducing your stress is making a plan to identify and deal with it honestly. Perhaps begin keeping a journal, when you feel like you are under stress, make note of how you handle it and then begin to take steps to decrease stress where it is possible. It is important to remember that you are not alone in your stress.

Our staff is prepared to provide you with additional information that can help you not only recognize stress in your life, but we can help you develop a plan to treat the stress and reduce it. Give us a call today, we look forward to hearing from you.

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