Stress can manifest in a number of ways in our lives, and oral health is no exception. Today our Glendale dentists are going to be talking about some of the ways your smile can change when you are stressed out. We hope that this information helps you take control of your routine and find relief!
Bruxism is a condition that is characterized by chronic tooth grinding and jaw clenching. For many people, this behavior pops up in response to stress and anxiety. Some people grind their teeth in moments of acute stress during the day, while other patients grind their teeth at night, in response to build-up stress and tension.
The sympathetic nervous response can make your mouth suddenly feel like an arid desert. Unfortunately, this gives oral bacteria an ideal environment in which to grown and multiply. If you are experiencing dry mouth as a stress-response, or as a side effect of anxiety medications, we encourage you to find a sustainable way to rehydrate your mouth in order to keep oral bacteria in check.
Oral Hygiene Problems
Many people find that it becomes increasingly difficult to keep up with their regular routines and schedules in times of stress. Once we feel overwhelmed, even the smallest tasks can start to feel unsurmountable. You may start rushing through your oral hygiene routine, or skipping certain steps all together. Pay attention to how your mouth feels—if it seems harder than normal to refresh your smile, try upping your water intake and setting a timer to help you keep track of how long you’re brushing.
As always, our Glendale dentists are here with any additional information you may need. And remember, you can always schedule a personal in-person consultation with our team. We look forward to speaking with you!