|Does Stress Harm Your Gums?
Posted on 10/5/2020 by Crossroads Family Dental
|There are numerous ways stress can affect the health of your gums and teeth, both through harmful habits caused by stress and through stress-related disorders. Some of the most common physical symptoms of stress that have a direct impact on your gums include teeth grinding, nail biting, TMJ disorder, burning mouth syndrome, canker sores, and gum disease.
Stress can lead to harmful habits in many people, and several of these stress-induced habits can negatively affect your gums. Teeth grinding, also known as bruxism, can cause jaw pain, headaches, uneven tooth wear or tooth breakage, and TMJ disorder. Nail biting is another common symptom of stress that can harm your gums when bacteria from your nails and hands is introduced into your mouth, causing infections. If you have warts on your hands, biting your nails can even spread warts to your mouth. Stress might also trigger you to neglect your oral hygiene, which could eventually lead to gum disease. Finally, stress might be a catalyst for some people to take up unhealthy habits such as smoking, doing drugs, eating lots of sugary foods, or drinking excess alcohol, all of which can be harmful to oral health.
There are also stress-induced disorders that are harmful to your gums and teeth. Canker sores are believed to be linked to stress, although their exact cause has not yet been determined. Burning mouth syndrome is another painful condition that affects the gums as well as other parts of the mouth, and is believed to be linked to stress. Researchers are currently studying the connection between stress and gum disease and have found a preliminary correlation. Stress diminishes your body's ability to fight infections, such as the ones that cause tooth decay, gum disease, and other oral health disorders. If you are experiencing any of the above issues and want to learn more about the connection between stress and gum health, contact our office today.