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Can Stress Affect Your Teeth?

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Think stress doesnt manifest symptoms in your mouth? Think again! Stress not can have lasting effects on your teeth and gums. Heres how:

  • Stress lowers the PH in your mouth to less than three, an acidic level that helps cavities form.
  • Stress can cause tension in the jaw, leading to grinding and clenching, which cause fractures in teeth and fillings.
  • Stress puts you at higher risk for bleeding gums and periodontal disease. The stress hormone cortisol, if elevated, can cause impairment of the immune system, which allows bacteria to invade your gums.

Your dentist can help you determine if stress is harming your dental health and can recommend solutions and treatments to reduce the negative impacts, like these suggestions:

  • Get a thorough dental cleaning to rid the bacteria overgrowth that causes cavities and bad breath.
  • You may need to get Botox injected into the jaw muscle to relieve the constant, damaging pressure of clenching your jaw or grinding your teeth.
  • Have a mouth guard professionally made that is of a hardy, durable acrylic, not the chewy, store-bought kind that may increase grinding.

 


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