Stress is a common word in today’s world. Stress can be related to anything — from personal issues to the political situations around you. Stressful situations tend to make your body feel tense, and you might develop certain symptoms.
A stressful event, such as the loss of a job or a death in the family, may cause your body to release adrenaline and cortisol. These hormones can cause your blood vessels to contract, increasing your blood pressure and causing your heart to beat faster. Over time, these physical changes can lead to serious health problems. When it comes to your oral health, these changes in your body may contribute to dry mouth, increased plaque buildup, and gum disease.
Stress can also cause you to grind your teeth in your sleep. Grinding your teeth can lead to tooth damage as well as jaw pain. If you have identified that you are suffering from grinding teeth during sleep, it is important to wear a night guard while you sleep to prevent damaging your teeth further.
If someone is stressed out, it could affect their ability to eat properly and keep up with their oral hygiene routine. In addition, some people may grind their teeth when they are stressed or anxious. This can cause discomfort and pain in their jaw and neck. If you experience any of these symptoms, you may want to visit your dentist for an exam to determine if your mouth is healthy. They can treat any infections or decay that may be present in your mouth.
Here’s what you can do to help relieve stress and promote good oral health at the same time:
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