Can Stress Affect My Smile?

Can Stress Affect My Smile?

Stress is linked to a variety of health conditions that have both short-term and long-term effects on your life. But can it affect your smile? The answer is simple: yes, it can. We will discuss the dental problems stress causes below.

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Inflamed Gums

Inflammation is tied to health issues such as hay fever, rheumatoid arthritis, and atherosclerosis, all of which can make daily activities more difficult. Did you know that it can impact your oral health, too? The swelling caused by inflammation can affect your gums and lead to an increased possibility of periodontal disease.

Stress is a common trigger for excessive inflammation. When our bodies are under stress, the level of cortisol increases, boosting inflammation all over your body, including your mouth. This can hasten the development of gum disease, which, when left untreated, can lead to jaw impairment as well as a distinct difference in your smile.

Dry Mouth

Acid reflux symptoms are more pronounced when under significant stress. This means that your body produces less saliva, which can increase the risk of tooth decay and cavities. Dry mouth can also leave a bad taste in your mouth, cause unpleasant odors, or cause your mouth and teeth to feel “sticky.”

Teeth Grinding

Teeth grinding is commonly connected to stress. This is a condition that leads to teeth clenching or, as the name suggests, teeth grinding. The issue can lead to broken teeth, jaw popping, lower jaw swelling, and face pain, all of which can affect your ability and desire to smile.

Are you worried about your oral health? The team at Crossroads Family Dentistry can help. Reach out to us today for more information!

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