Stress and your Oral Health

There is an increasing amount of research that suggests a strong relationship between your oral health and your overall health. Chronic conditions such as heart disease and diabetes have been linked to poor dental health, but what about uncontrolled stress?

You may be surprised to learn that the signs and symptoms of stress can be seen in the mouth, and the damage can be quite significant. Fortunately, Henderson, NV dentist, Dr. Heeyup Ghim understands this connection and is prepared to assist you during the tough times.

Under stressful conditions, your body naturally produces an inflammatory response that is harmful to your own bodily tissues, including your teeth and gums. In addition to the physiological damage, the emotional impact of stress can lead you to turn to neglect your oral hygiene or increase your use of alcohol and tobacco—choices that can further damage your smile.

Stress, depression, and anxiety can increase your risk for serious dental conditions, including:

  • Burning mouth syndrome (A painful, scalding sensation in the tongue, lips, and roof of the mouth).
  • Canker sores (Painful ulcers or irritations inside the mouth, often occurring in response to physical stress, emotional stress, fatigue, or an injury to the soft tissues of the mouth).
  • Cold sores (The herpes virus causes a fluid-filled blister to erupt in response to stress, an illness, or a hormonal change).
  • Bruxism (Damage to the teeth, bone, and jaw joint due to clenching and grinding of the teeth).
  • Periodontal disease (An infection- also known as gum disease- that the body may be unable to fight when challenged by chronic or severe stress).

You can fight the oral effects of stress. Stay healthy by eating properly, getting adequate rest and exercise, and enjoying nutritious meals.

Also, keep in touch with your dentist in Henderson, NV for help in managing your symptoms by calling to schedule your appointment today.