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How Does Stress Affect Oral Health?

At Tyma Trachtenberg Dental, our health and the health of our dedicated team matters to us, so going forward we will suspend all non-emergency care for at least three weeks (until April 5th). Patients will be seen only for urgent and emergency dental needs. During stressful events, your oral health can be impacted. Your oral health may not seem like it is at the forefront, which means you may forget to maintain oral hygiene. Stress can also cause teeth clenching and grinding, also known as bruxism, which is common to temporomandibular joint disorder.

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Oral Health Problems Tied to Stress

Learn more about dental issues that may arise when stressed:

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 may cause gum recession, bleeding gums, 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.

Contact Our Office

Our Doylestown, PA dentists are dedicated to giving patients comprehensive and comfortable dental care.  You may call Tyma Trachtenberg Dental for an appointment in April or later on in the year at (215) 261-7392.