Stress has become a common phenomenon in our daily lives and the problem is how we don’t realize its detrimental effects on our health especially on the teeth. According to toothsome.com.au, there is some link between stress and teeth in various ways as discussed below;
Damage of the temporomandibular joint (TMJ)
Overuse of the jaw muscles as a result of stressful situations trigger damage to the TMJ. This is often associated with a clicking sound produced when one tries to open the mouth. This can also prevent tooth jaws from performing their normal functions properly.
Teeth grinding and clenching
Stress triggers clenching and grinding of teeth and it occurs mostly at night and one is unlikely to note it. This can lead to;
•Headaches due to increased tenderness and fatigue of muscles of the neck and face.
•Damaging of the temporomandibular joint.
•Enlargement of neck muscles which cause pain and distortion of the face.
•Wear and tear of the teeth surfaces.
Stress is associated with a reduced immune system and thus the body is not able to fight disease-causing microorganisms properly. This allows bacteria to survive which in turn cause gum infections.
A compromised immune system also leads to increased inflammation on the teeth gum causing disease.
Poor management of stress leads to the development of canker sores which are ulcerations that develop on the gums and are very painful.
Poor teeth hygiene
Stress is associated with fatigue. In this case, one may forget to brush their teeth and this harbours microorganisms causing teeth diseases and also bad breath. This eventually leads to tooth decay.
Saliva in the mouth acts as a defence mechanism against disease-causing microorganisms. Dry mouth resulting from stress and medications taken to reduce stress lead to increased risk of developing gum diseases, tooth decay and infection.
Eating sugary snacks
Stress is associated with excessive eating of sugary snacks and this provides the tooth disease-causing microorganisms with a viable environment to thrive that eventually lead to tooth decay.
In conclusion, to avoid stress-related teeth problems, one should find proper ways of managing stress and seeking medical advice on already damaged teeth.