How Stress Impacts Oral Health

How Stress Impacts Oral Health

Unfortunately, these days most of us experience some form of stress in our every day lives.Β  The degree of stress we experience can vary from day to day or month to month. Stress affects all of us in different ways. However, most people don’t realize the various ways stress can affect our oral health. Let’s take a look at the impact stress can have on our oral health and ways we can combat these factors.

Poor Cleaning Habits

What Happens
  • Less brushing
  • Lack of thorough brushing
  • No flossing
  • Break in routine due to distractions
What Helps
  • Focus on regular routine of brushing at least twice a day and floss at least once a day
  • Keep up with dental hygiene appointments
  • Schedule more frequent professional cleanings

Clenching and Grinding

What Happens
  • Headaches
  • Jaw Pain
  • Cracked or Broken Teeth

What Helps
  • Nightguard
  • TMJ massage
  • Be aware of clenching or grinding during the day and try to relax jaw

Canker Sores

What Happens
  • A shallow ulcer forms in the mouth
  • Makes eating difficult or uncomfortable
What Helps
  • Avoid acidic or spicy foods
  • Gently clean teeth without causing extra trauma to ulcerated area
  • Warm salt water rinses

Gum Disease

What Happens
  • Lack of good oral hygiene
  • Increase in bad habits (use of nicotine, alcohol, and drugs)
  • Disruption of communication between the central nervous system and immune system, causing inflammation
What Helps
  • Daily brushing and flossing
  • Routine dental hygiene appointments


If you feel you are experiencing any of these symptoms, Adams and Cheek Dentistry can help! Please call us at 919.866.1360 or click here to make an appointment.

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