Definition: Stress is defined as an organism’s total response to environmental demands or pressures. Stress results from interactions between persons and their environment that are perceived as straining or exceeding their adaptive capacities and threatening their well-being.
Stress can have a multitude of ramifications on a person’s life. The biggest problem with stress is its impact can vary from person to person. Some people can become more focused while dealing with stress while others fall apart. Since stress is subjective, most people can’t gauge how much stress they are under or how badly it is affecting their body until it eventually becomes to much and illness kicks in. Stress can cause differences in personality, physical strength, negative impacts to your general health and damage to your gums and teeth.
The Affects Stress has on Teeth
- Bruxism– Grinding Teeth and/or Clenching Jaw
- TMD– A group of conditions that affects the jaw joint
- Gum Disease– studies have shown that emotional factors can contribute to Periodontal Disease
- Canker Sores– Mouth sores that can be triggered by stress
How do you know if Stress is Affecting your Teeth?
Regular six-month dental check-ups are your first line of defense against stress related issues. Your dentist can identify warning signs that can save your teeth as well as possibly a more serious health condition. Dentist can easily identify the above symptoms. Having your dentist identify the first signs of declining oral health do to stress is the key in helping you address a serious issue rather than putting it on the back burner.
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