Elmhurst Dentist Reviews What Dental Changes to Look Out For When You’re Stressed

Written by Dr. Scharfenberg on Nov 6, 2012

Everyone gets stressed sometimes, but it’s important that you take care of yourself even in times of stress. While many of us think of getting enough sleep or taking time out for fun as ways to take care of ourselves (and, indeed, these are important things to do!)—many patients don’t realize that stress can actually hamper your dental health. So if you’re feeling anxious and overwrought, take some time out for your teeth and gums, too!

Here are some tips from our Elmhurst dentist office on maintaining strong, healthy smiles even when you’re stressed…

Pay Attention to Your Gums

Research shows that patients who are more stressed often suffer from excess plaque and tartar build-up. It’s theorized that your body produces more plaque when it’s under stress, and that patients often don’t care for their teeth and gums as diligently when their regular routines are disrupted. If you start to notice the signs of gum disease—tender gums, bleeding gums, or persistent bad breath, contact your dentist for an evaluation.

Seek Treatment for Dental Grinding

Just as you carry tension throughout your body when you’re stressed, you can also end up carrying stress in your jaw and neck. This can lead to grinding and clenching—wearing down dental enamel over time. If you notice that you’re doing this during the day, or if you’re waking up with a sore jaw and teeth, see your dentist for treatment.

Use Ameliorate Treatments for Oral Sores

Canker sores and cold sores tend to pop up when you’re fatigued or stressed. As you probably know there’s no cure for these sore, but there are things we can do minimize your discomfort and help the sore heal!

Prioritize your health and care for your mouth even when you’re stressed out! Our Elmhurst dentists are here for you, so give us a call for more information.