August 21, 2020

All of us have encountered stress in some way, shape, or form during our lifetime. Stress can be manifested in physical and/or emotional states, and can also present as a cycle of both aspects. Both physical and emotional stress can affect one’s oral health. 

The body can be under physical stress because of factors such as a certain disease process, harsh environment, or toxin exposure. Once the body is under physical stress, it starts compensating by activating the immune system and other organ functions to overcome these stressors. When our immune system is not functioning properly, we start to experience adverse effects. In oral health, this can mean developing canker sores and gum disease.

If we are going through emotional stress, we tend to drift into habits that could be harming our oral health. For example, teeth grinding, or bruxism, can be a sign of anxiety and stress. This can happen in your sleep without your awareness and can be harmful as it can lead to broken teeth and further complications, such infection and sensitivity. 

Stress can also cause you to clench your jaw; thus, leading to TMJ disorder. Nail biting is another habit that people acquire when stressed, and this habit can lead to teeth damage and infections.

If you are concerned that your stress may be causing harm to your oral health, it is advised that you visit us at the Islington Dental Clinic in Toronto to learn more about your symptoms and get a full oral evaluation to determine your needs for oral health services, such as gum disease treatment or mouth guards. It is also important to visit with your general practitioner to rule out any physical stress that may be the underlying cause to your oral issues. 

While seeking guidance from Islington Dental Clinic, located in Toronto, it is important to recognize certain habits and avoid them, such as nail biting, clenching of the jaw, excessive alcohol use, or smoking, as these can all further harm your oral health and overall wellbeing. Contact us today to schedule an appointment to check up on your oral health.

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