Elmhurst Dentist Talks About The Ways In Which Stress Can Impact Dental Health

Written by Dr. Scharfenberg on Oct 12, 2021

In many ways, our overall well-being and health can affect our smiles. Today, our Elmhurst dentists are going to be talking about the ways in which stress can impact dental health and aesthetics. If you are dealing with more stress than usual, you may notice increased… 

Dental Grinding

Bruxism is a condition that is characterized by jaw clenching and tooth grinding. Many people experience bruxism episodically in response to stress and anxiety. You may be able to notice yourself grinding your teeth during the day, or you may experience bruxism symptoms at night while you are asleep. Talk to your dentist about steps you can take to protect your enamel from bruxism-related damage, as well as steps you can take to relieve tension and relax your temporomandibular joints. 

Dry Mouth

Anxiety attacks can make your mouth feel arid and dry. Not only is the uncomfortable, it is also unhealthy, as it gives oral bacteria an ideal environment in which to grow and multiply. Your saliva is your body’s natural way of re-mineralizing dental enamel and neutralizing bacteria. So, take the time to drink plenty of water and rinse your mouth thoroughly in order to combat chronic dry mouth. 

Oral Hygiene Problems

When we feel stressed and overwhelmed, we can start to fall behind on our regular routines and habits. We may start rushing through our oral hygiene routines, and taking shortcuts. Consequently, many patients report increased rates of cavities, gum disease, and halitosis during times of stress. 

The good news is that these issues can be effectively managed with some proactive planning and care. Our Elmhurst dentists can give you additional information—give us a call to schedule your personal consultation!