How Stress Affects Your Oral Health

 In General, Oral Hygiene, Teeth

The stress of everyday life is something that affects all of us from time to time, and it’s important to know that stress can affect your oral health. This can range from teeth grinding, neglecting dental hygiene and even gum disease.

Teeth Grinding

Teeth grinding is a very common issue for those experiencing stress. If you’ve been under stress lately, and waking up with jaw soreness or headaches, chances are, you’re grinding your teeth.

Neglecting Oral Hygiene

When under stress, we are more likely to neglect our basic needs which can include simple things like brushing every day, flossing and using mouthwash. Neglecting these basic health care needs can negatively impact your oral health further down the line.

Weakened Immune System

In more extreme cases, stress can even lead to gum disease as one of the long term effects of stress is the weakening of the immune system which can cause our gums to become vulnerable.

While stress is an inevitable factor in our busy daily lives, it’s imperative to take the necessary steps in order to properly maintain all of our health needs. Need a dental checkup or a teeth cleaning? Have questions about your oral health? Schedule your appointment here at Wurzbach Family Dental.

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