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Can Stress Cause Cavities and Other Oral Health Issues?

September 28, 2018
Posted By: Dr. Sunny Mojahed
Stressed Woman | Dentist Allentown PA

Most of us are aware that stress can have a negative impact on our overall health, but did you know that there is a link between stress and oral health as well? There are a number of ways stress can have consequences for your teeth and gums, including canker sores, gum disease, teeth grinding, and neglecting oral hygiene.

How can you prevent stress from causing cavities and other oral health problems? Here are some tips from your dentist in Allentown, Evolve Dental Care.

Stress Can Impact Oral Health

#1—Neglecting Your Oral Hygiene

Often when we are stressed, the first thing to suffer is self-care. Sleeping well can also be a problem, leaving us drained and exhausted. Brushing and flossing your teeth during these times can seem like huge tasks. We may also crave sugary sweets during times of stress, which can lead to more tooth decay—particularly if we are not taking good care of our oral health.

#2—Teeth Grinding

If you have been noticing that you are waking up with headaches in the morning, you might be grinding your teeth in your sleep. Stress can be one of the biggest triggers for grinding or clenching your teeth.

#3—Canker Sores

Canker sores are the small ulcerative sores that can develop on the inside of your mouth or tongue. The exact cause of these sores is unknown, but stress is thought to be one of the possible culprits.

#4—Gum Disease

Some researchers are studying the link between gum disease and stress. When the body experiences stress, the immune system is compromised, which inhibits the body from protecting against bacteria. This can make people who are stressed more prone to gum disease.

Call Evolve Dental Care

Regular visits to your Allentown dentist can help ensure your oral health is being looked after properly, even if you are feeling life’s stressors. Call us today to make an appointment! 

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