What Is the Big Deal About Stress and Oral Health?

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Here at Knellinger Dental Excellence, our dentists, Drs. Knellinger, Verkler and Bou-Sliman believe that the key to a beautiful smile is health. Life in general is full of stressful situations, some of them are not always avoidable. It is important for you to be aware of how much those situations can impact your oral health. Too much tension and anxiety can make your life more stressful because of the dental and health issues that may occur.

You may be good at hiding your stress in Palm, Harbor, FL from your family and friends, however, those symptoms often manifest themselves physically. You may notice that:

  • You grind your teeth more often than you used too. Teeth grinding can be caused by other issues. However, when it is caused by anxiety and tension, it can exacerbate other dental issues, such as increased sensitivity.
  • Every now and then, you may feel a sore patch or wound in your mouth or on your lips. Canker sores are not very pleasant to have and the longer you remain stressed out, the longer it can take for them to heal and disappear.
  • You may experience jaw pain or TMJ disorder if you tend to experience stress more often than not. TMJ and jaw pain are often caused by the tightening of muscles in the neck and face area. People who are under pressure often clench and tighten their jaw, neck and facial muscles, although many of them are not aware that they do so.

The fastest and most effective way to prevent these symptoms is to get rid of any stressors or try various techniques to reduce its effects. Reducing the presence of stress in your life can be very beneficial to your teeth, gums and overall health.

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Do not put off having your teeth and gums checked for stress any longer. Contact our dental office at your earliest convenience to schedule your dental examination today with our experienced dentists.

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