How Stress Affects Oral Health

The current COVID-19 disease outbreak has generated a lot of uncertainty and instability. Because of this, patients may feel more stressed, which can be a detriment to their oral health. At North Meridian Dental Excellence, we want our patients to be aware of their oral health so that they can minimize future oral health problems. Dr. Ben Ahlbrecht and his team are also providing patients with emergency dental care at this time. Patients who have a knocked-out permanent tooth, broken or lost dental restoration, or a tooth abscess can receive treatment in our Indianapolis, IN office. In addition, patients who suffer from stress-related oral health issues can find solutions.

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Dental Problems Connected to Stress

There are multiple oral health issues that are often linked to stress:

Mouth Sores: Canker or cold sores are often caused by emotional stress. They can also cause pain and feel uncomfortable for patients.

TMJ: Temporomandibular joint disorders can be caused by stress. Clenching and grinding teeth in stressful situations and at night can cause headaches, tooth damage, jaw pain, and other painful symptoms.

Poor Oral Hygiene and Diet: Patients who are stressed may not be giving themselves the time to brush teeth or floss regularly. In addition, a poor diet resulting from stress can cause a lack of vitamins and nutrients. These vitamins and nutrients not only benefit your physical health but your oral health as well.

Gum Disease: Being under stress can affect your immune system and can cause damage to your gums. Periodontitis, or gum disease, is an oral health problem that affects millions of Americans. Gum disease can cause bleeding gums, gum recession, and even tooth loss.

Dry mouth: A lack of saliva in your mouth can cause dry mouth. Saliva has many oral health benefits as it washes away food particles from your teeth and gums.

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Contact Indianapolis dentist Dr. Ahlbrecht and his professional dental team today at 317.204.7134.