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Stress Effects Your Oral Health

Every patient experiences periods of stress at some point. Generally, when we think of healthy concerns that stem from stress we think of disrupted sleep, high blood pressure, or headaches. The truth is that stress can also negatively affect your oral health. IN order to keep your mouth in tiptop shape, even when you’re stressed, you first have to realize what stress can do to your mouth. Read on for an explanation from our Boca Raton dental office!

If you’re feeling stressed, you may notice some unpleasant dental changes. If these problems do pop up, talk to your dentist about your concerns—your dentist can help you get back on track even during times of stress.

Dental Grinding

If you’re carrying around a lot of tension and feeling stressed, you may start to grind or clench your teeth. Many times patients actually exhibit this behavior as they sleep, so if you wake up with jaw soreness, tooth pain, or headaches, talk to your dentist about seeking a treatment for bruxism (chronic clenching).

Periodontal (Gum) Disease

Emerging research shows that even short-term stress can boost plaque levels in a patient’s mouth. Common symptoms of gum disease include bleeding gums, tender gums, and bad breath. If you think you may be suffering from gum disease, your dentist can help you develop a dental hygiene plan that works for you.

Canker Sores and Fever Blisters

If you experience canker sores or cold sores, you may find that they’re more likely to pop up in times of stress. There seem to be many factors that contribute to the emergence of canker sores and cold sores, and stress is a likely trigger.

Obviously it’s best to minimize your stress levels if at all possible to let your body rest and rejuvenate. During times of stress, you can also partner with our Boca Raton dentists—together we can create a treatment that minimizes discomfort and safeguards your oral health.

Dr. Martin Polin, DMD & Dr. Carly Polin, DMD‎
2600 North Military Trail
Boca Raton, FL 33431
(561) 997-2323

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