Stress is very common among adult Americans, and sadly even common among adolescents and children. With stress, there are times in your life will stressful moment after stressful moment will come in waves. Many people have different techniques for managing their stress; techniques like yoga, meditation, vacations, stress balls, exercising, or bubble baths. Whatever your stress relief is, it is important that you remember to do it. Stress can have negative impacts on your health, such as increased risk of heart disease or stroke, and it can also have detrimental effects on your smile.
Bruxism, the act of unconsciously grinding your teeth, is often caused by stress. It can also be caused by a misalignment of the jaw. Either reason for the grinding, it is important to be treated. You may wake up with sore jaw, teeth, or headache. It can also lead to temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder that can lead to aches and pain in your face, jaw, neck, and even shoulders. TMJ disorder can also cause the locking and popping of the jaw, which can be quite painful as well. Bruxism can also increase your risk of tooth decay and tooth damage due to tiny fractures that can be caused from grinding.
Stress often leads to comfort eating, which is usually full of starch and sugar. Sugar and carbohydrates can cause tooth decay and gum disease by creating acidic attacks on the surface of your teeth and along your gums. Some people choose to drink more alcohol or smoke cigarettes when they are stressed; both of which are quite harmful to your oral health.
Some people bite their nails when they are stressed. Some people nervously chew on pencils, pens, or ice instead of their nails. Chewing and biting on hard items can put your teeth at risk for accidental damage. Chips and cracks are often caused from biting and chewing hard surfaces. Gnawing on non-food items can also lead to injury to the lips and gums.
Managing stress can lead to a healthier smile
Stress management can help you maintain good oral health. Schedule a consultation at Lone Star Dental in Frisco, TX office at 972-335-7100.