Does My Emotional Health Affect My Teeth?
Stabilizing and maintaining your emotional health can be a challenge. In today’s society we face pressures that are coming in from all different paths. Even people who claim not to be emotional people are affected by emotional challenges, not showing emotions doesn’t mean the emotions are not there, it means that person is suppressing their emotions.
So what does this mean for dental health? Well, suppressed emotions, stress, and anxiety can wreak havoc on your dental health. Here are a few examples:
It is very common for people to not be aware of their teeth grinding, especially if it happens while they are sleeping. High levels of stress can trigger involuntary teeth grinding, and jaw clenching. A night guard can help protect your teeth and jaw from this. Teeth grinding can wear down your tooth enamel, and cause tooth sensitivity.
Long-term stress can weaken your immune system. A weakened immune system can make you susceptible to the disease causing bacteria that causes periodontal disease.
Emotional stress causes hormonal fluctuations, which has repercussions such as lowered immunity, whereas your body becomes susceptible to common viruses that cause canker sores.
If you feel like your emotional health is unstable, it’s best to take care of yourself to the best of your ability. Be patient with yourself, and cut yourself some slack, and definitely reach out for help. You’d be surprised how many people are willing to help you if you ask. Be dedicated to your oral hygiene routine, continue to brush your teeth between meals, floss, get plenty of sleep, and drink plenty of water, these will help you feel better and minimize the impact of stress.