Is Stress Causing Problems In Your Mouth?
Most of 2020 and the start of 2021 has not been kind to many. The changes in daily routines, self-care, schooling, and work expectations have left most of us feeling uncertain and overwhelmed at times. These uncertain and overwhelming feelings can fall under the category of stress. This added stress in our lives can be cause for concern in not only our overall health, but our dental health as well. Continue reading to learn more about the link between stress and oral health.
Stress and Tooth Damage
You might be wondering how added stress in your life can cause tooth damage. When you are under added pressure or stress in your life, it can cause your muscles and body to become tense. One area that you may not know that contains muscles is your mouth and jaw. Clenching your teeth is the result of extreme tension in your facial muscles. Many adults are clenching their teeth without realizing. This can cause a variety of problems in your mouth—cracked teeth being one of them.
Signs You May Be Clenching Your Teeth
Clenching your teeth can occur at any time, even during sleep, making it difficult to pinpoint until it is too late. These are some clues to be mindful of that can be a sign of teeth clenching:
- Increased tooth sensitivity, which could mean the enamel of your teeth is wearing away
- Discomfort in your teeth or jaw
- Family members or friends hear you clenching or grinding your teeth
- Flattened or worn-looking teeth
Simple Ways To Help
If you feel that your added stress might be causing you to clench your teeth there are some simple steps that can help relax your body. Although not a popular answer, limiting caffeine and adding in herbal tea can be relaxing, as caffeine can cause tension in the body. You can also add in some daily exercise or meditation to help calm and relax the body.
If you are located in Seattle, WA, and are concerned about the state of your teeth, feel that you may be clenching your teeth, or think you might be suffering from a cracked tooth, please contact our office as soon as possible. We want to work with you to ensure that you are receiving the proper oral care during this time.