The Relationship Between Stress and Oral Health

Everyone experiences some stress as a natural part of life. Depression, anxiety and high levels of pressure can have detrimental effects on the health of both the body and mind. While the link between stress and overall human health has been known for years, recent research has confirmed that mounting pressure or anxiety can also affect your oral health. Taking measures to relieve stress can lead to better whole-body health and enable you to keep your natural teeth longer.

Conditions Associated With Stress
Those who experience high levels of stress in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, may encounter one or several related oral health issues:

  • Jaw pain or disorders, such as TMJ and TMD
  • Burning mouth syndrome
  • Canker sores
  • Dry mouth
  • Bruxism (nighttime teeth grinding)
  • Lichen Planus (oral sores)
  • Enamel loss

While some of these conditions are simply cosmetic or annoying, others pose a threat to tooth condition and long-term health.

Gum Disease
One of the most problematic oral health issues that our patients face is periodontal disease. Because stress weakens the immune system, the entire body, including the mouth, is more susceptible to infection. The Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) has indicated that those who experience high levels of strain are more prone to gum infections. Consulting a periodontist is the first step in identifying and treating suspected gum infections, as well as their underlying causes. Studies have indicated that those who resolve stressful situations with dynamically solutions are at no higher risk for gum infections than those whose stress levels remain low. Because gum disease can lead to tooth loss and other, more serious issues, reducing stress and improving gum health is a top priority.

Contact Us Today
For more information regarding how you can enjoy optimal oral and periodontal health, give our office a call today. Drs. Tom and Mark McCawley are here to help you identify, solve and prevent issues with your oral health.



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