While movie star Demi Moore seems to be doing everything right in the beauty department to defy signs of aging, the 54-year-old admits she’s missed the mark in one very important area – her teeth.
She explained: “I sheared off my front teeth. I’d love to say it was skateboarding or something really kind of cool, but I think it’s something that’s important to share because I think it’s literally, probably after heart disease, one of the biggest killers in America, which is stress. Stress sheared off my front teeth.”
Stress is a significant dental issue and it pays to be aware of how stress can affect you, so you can combat the problem. Let’s examine some ways that stress can affect your oral health.
Grinding and Clenching: If you notice that the tips of your teeth appear flatter than they once did, or if your teeth become extremely sensitive, you may be grinding your teeth.
Gum Disease: The symptoms of gum disease include red, swollen gums that bleed easily. In periodontitis, the gums pull away from the teeth, creating pockets that are the perfect place for infections to take root.
TMD and TMJ: If you experience sore jaw muscles or popping and clicking in your jaw, you may have TMD or TMJ. Constant clenching of your teeth due to stress and frustration can contribute to this condition.
Dry Mouth: Stress may be at the root of dry mouth conditions in that some medications, including those you might take for stress, can cause dry mouth.
Canker Sores: Canker sores are painful sores inside your mouth. If you’re too vigorous when you’re cleaning your teeth, you may experience canker sores and that risk is elevated if you’re feeling stress.
Infection: Stress can weaken your immune system, increasing your risk for oral infections. When you add this increased risk to some of the other oral stress-related symptoms, you have a recipe for disaster.
Even though it may be unavoidable sometimes, there are things you can do to stop stress from taking a heavy toll on your oral health. By being aware of the symptoms of stress-related oral conditions, you can get ahead of problems before they become too serious.
Why not schedule an appointment today so we can evaluate just how much stress has affected your oral health and recommend treatments to get your smile back in tip-top shape?