We know stress affects our body; it causes anxiety, panic attacks, irritability and grogginess. Many people are not aware that stress has an impact on oral health too. The dental problems caused by stress are:
Stress contributes to dry mouth, a condition which usually occurs when mouth does not produce enough saliva. People who consume drugs to treat depression are prone to have dry mouth.
Stress causes canker sores, which are small ulcers developed inside the mouth or on lips. Sometimes it can be painful, although harmless.
- Burning mouth syndrome:
Stress causes burning mouth syndrome. Individuals with this syndrome develop a burning sensation on gums, lips and tongue.
When an individual becomes stressed, he/she starts grinding/gnashing/clenching the teeth and it can cause tooth damage. This syndrome is known as bruxism.
- Gum disease:
An individual who is stressed for a prolonged period of time, is at a risk of suffering from gum diseases like periodontal disease.
- Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder:
Stress causes the occurrence of TMJ disorder. The grinding of teeth and associated trauma are some of the symptoms of TMJ disorder. The condition is also triggered by emotional factors like depression and anxiety.
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