Consequences of stress on dental health

May 30, 2018

Stress is one of the conditions that currently afflict most people. To a greater or lesser extent, all areas of health are affected, therefore dental health is also affected.

However, the worst consequence of the various effects of stress on dental health occurs with time, as a tooth can be worn down by up to 30% of its original size and due to this, the nerve can be exposed and cause real problems of sensitivity and pain.

Consecuencias del estrés en la salud dental

The consequences of stress

Our experience tells us that the most common problems due to stress situations are the following:

Gingivitis. When a person is stressed, they usually pay less attention to their daily hygiene. Therefore, the accumulation of residues in the gums leads to problems of inflammation.
Periodontitis. The stress hormone, cortisol, can generate inflammation, which leads to periodontal diseases.
Bruxism. The unconscious clenching of teeth causes pain in the chewing muscles and premature wear of the teeth.
Canker sores. Wounds that form on the gums or the mucous membrane that are caused by viruses or bacteria that attack when you are under stress.

Obviously one of the fundamental pillars to fight stress is to practice relaxation exercises, psychological therapy or any other technique. However, everything is complementary and any help is good. So it is very important to go to the dentist’s office. The professional must evaluate the problems that the increase in emotional tension may have caused in the oral health. From there, and depending on the diagnosis, the most appropriate treatment for the patient can be implemented.

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