Avoid Stress on Your Smile

Inver Grove Heights Dentist Shows how Stress can Damage Your Teeth

 

Sometimes, it’s not easy to deal with stress. There are people who struggle with it more than others, but we can all say this—stress isn’t enjoyable. That’s why your Inver Grove Heights dentist is here to discuss what can happen to your dental health in relation to your stress. It’s important to us that you’re healthy in every way possible, so check out some possible scenarios below:

 

TMD/TMJ
These are the abbreviations for “temporomandibular disorders/joints,” where a range of different disorders could affect the joints and muscles in your jaw and neck, falling into the category of TMD. The joint that connects your lower jaw to the rest of your skull is directly related to TMJ. There are several symptoms to these, but no known proper cause. Patients usually experience symptoms like a sore jaw, difficulty chewing and talking, popping and clicking sounds, and trouble moving your jaw up and down. Clenching your jaw and grinding your teeth can contribute to their development, but they aren’t necessarily the cause.

 

Canker Sores
Also known as mouth ulcers, canker sores are small sores that form on the inside of your mouth. These can appear by brushing your teeth, gums and tongue in a vigorous manner or chewing on the insides of your cheeks or the sides of your tongue. Stress can also increase the risk of canker sore development. Thankfully, these usually disappear on their own, if not with simple medication.

 

Make sure you’re keeping an eye out for your oral health during stressful situations by learning more here. To further take care of your teeth, contact your Inver Grove Heights dentist by calling our office at 651-455-1601 to schedule an appointment today.