Stress and Your Oral Health

The general effect of stress is that people tend to neglect their oral healthcare routines. They may not brush or floss as often as they should or miss dental appointments; they may alter their diet by consuming more sugar and carbohydrate-laden foods; and they may drink more coffee and soda pop. This not only greatly increases the risk of tooth decay, but the additional acid contributes to the erosion of tooth enamel.

Stress can manifest into various oral health conditions that, if left untreated, can have a serious impact on your overall health and well-being.

Here are some of the more common ones:

  • Bruxism or Teeth Grinding
  • Periodontal (gum) disease
  • Dry mouth (xerostomia)
  • Canker sores