Every day we face countless problems and difficulties as we strive to live a meaningful life. When these problems or the stressors became too much for us, we experienced stress. Stress is actually the natural response of our body to demand or threat. However, too much stress can affect our oral health.
Beware of the effects of stress. Here are some oral health problems that can cause stress:
Bruxism or teeth grinding
An important effect of stress is constantly worrying and thinking. Even if you’re sleeping, your body may still be affected and you’ll be gritting your teeth at night. This condition is called bruxism. Bruxism can get into a more serious condition known as Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMD).
Since teeth grinding often occurs at night while you sleep, you may not be aware of it and the problem remains untreated. If you are stressed before going to sleep, or if you have had a headache after waking up, it’s highly likely that you are gritting your teeth. Wearing a night watch is a great help to protect your jaw.
Sore in the mouth
Oral ulcers are a minor irritant that causes wounds on soft tissues in the mouth including lips, cheeks, gums, and tongue. Cancerous tumors are the most common type of oral ulcer. This can not be a serious problem, but it can be very painful. They can last from 2 weeks to 6 weeks.
Gum disease has two types. These types include gingivitis, early stages, and periodontitis, the latter stage. Gingivitis causes the gums to bleed easily when brushing. In this condition, the gums may be inflamed and irritated. This can be treated with good oral hygiene or by a professional oral hygiene.
It’s important to note that not all gingivitis can lead to periodontal disease. It’s only possible if the gingivitis remains untreated. In periodontitis, pockets form between the teeth and the gums because they pull away from the teeth. When these pockets collect debris, the gums became infected, leading to periodontitis. This condition destroys the bone supporting our teeth, so tooth loss is always observed in patients with gum disease.
A dry mouth is most commonly seen when you are extremely nervous or stressed about something you need to do. Most patients realized that they have a dry mouth when they go into a job interview, a job or an academic presentation or stressful appointments. If you experience this frequently, the condition can be dangerous, so it can lead to inflammation of the mouth and gingivitis, as there is a lack of saliva.
Burning Oral Syndrome
The medical term for a recurring burning sensation in the mouth including on the lips, gums, palate or neck without an obvious cause is known as a burning mouth. This is often accompanied by a dry mouth. It can take months or years. Consult your doctor to see the best treatment for you.
As you can see, stress and oral health are significantly correlated based on the examples above. Although the stress we have experienced indirectly causes many problems in our mouth. Let us try as much as possible to reduce the level of stress we had when dealing with stressors. Try to do something that you enjoy and avoid things that can cause stress. By taking care of our mental and emotional health, we also take care of our physical health.