Take a Deep Breath — Don’t Let Stress Affect Your Dental Health
Over the past year dentists across the country have seen a rise in emergency appointments with patients with cracked teeth. You might be wondering what has been causing this sudden increase in emergency appointments with the same dental concern. The answer is stress. For well over a year, Americans across the country have been dealing with life situations that we have never experienced in this country before. The changes in jobs, schools, and how we live our daily lives have been troubling for many. When dealing with an overwhelming amount of stress, the body copes in different ways. It can affect your overall health as well as your dental health.
Stress and Dental Health
When you visit our office for a routine hygiene examination we can see firsthand if your oral health is suffering from stress. The two biggest symptoms that are apparent during our inspection are cracked and worn teeth. One side effect of stress is teeth clenching. This is when the muscles in the jaw tense up and create pressure between the top and bottom teeth. When this happens repeatedly, the teeth can weaken, eventually cracking, chipping, or becoming worn down. Oftentimes when this is occurring, patients are not even aware. It can happen during the day and at night while sleeping.
If you are experiencing jaw tenderness or sudden discomfort in your teeth, you might be dealing with the effects of stress in your mouth. We suggest being mindful of your feelings and try to relax your jaw as often as possible. You can also massage your cheeks and jaw area and take deep breaths. We can also evaluate your oral health to determine if additional measures need to be taken.
If you are located in the Wayne, NJ area and feel you might have a cracked tooth or are experiencing another dental emergency, please call our office as soon as possible. We strive to help all of our patients have a healthy smile and a healthy life.