We know the negative effects of stress on our body, from eating disorders and anxiety to developing diabetes, cardiovascular disease or even a stroke. What about the effects of stress on our teeth? Your mouth is part of your body and it's quite an important one, given the fact we eat and kiss with it. Moreover, the effects of stress on your teeth are serious can leave an important mark on your overall health. Spare some time to find out how stress impacts your teeth and what can you do about it.

Teeth grinding due to stress

There are people who suffer from chronic teeth grinding, but it can happen to everyone from time to time. Teeth grinding takes place during sleep, so you might not even realize you are doing it. Depending on how long and how hard you are doing this, it can lead to many problems. The first one is the worn out of your teeth enamel. Once the enamel is removed from your teeth, bacteria can attack your teeth from inside, causing decay. Another problem related to teeth grinding is developing cracks in your teeth.

If stress leads to chronic teeth grinding you are on to a new range of problems. According to professionals from dentistry centers in New York, there are people who manage to grind their teeth down to the nerve, causing themselves severe pain. The only way to solve this problem is to remove the nerve, which can lead to losing the tooth altogether. Grinding can also be so severe to actually shorten your teeth, which is neither easy nor cheap to solve.

Probably the worst thing about teeth grinding is that it leads to a never-ending loop of pain: you grind your teeth, causing yourself headaches, jaw pain and teeth pain, which puts more stress on you, so you grind your teeth even more.

If you suspect that you are grinding your teeth or clench your jaws during sleep, check with your dentist, who can advise what to do next to prevent the issue from escalating.

Eating junk food to forget about your problems

Most people overeat when they are stressed out and they don't binge on vegetables. We turn to junk food, which makes us feel better for some moments. Junk food promotes tooth decay, as well as plaque, which attacks teeth enamel, leading to cavities and many more problems.

Stress leads to canker sores

One of the major effects of stress on your body is the lowering of your immunity, which puts you at risk for many diseases. Canker sores in your mouth are one of these conditions. They can show up due to poor immunity or a compulsive behavior. When you are stressed out you are prone to compulsive behavior, such as biting your lips or the inside of your cheeks. This can lead to canker sores, which cure on their own in about one week, but are very painful.

Another popular compulsive behavior is brushing too long or too hard, which can make your gums bleed.

Now that you know how your teeth can be affected by stress, you can try to avoid these compulsive behaviors and visit the dentist on regular basis, so they can spot any potential issues as early as possible.

Published by Kate Westall