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How Stress Can Affect Oral Health

Posted on 4/26/2021 by Dr. Wendy Spektor
How Stress Can Affect Oral HealthIt's a well-known fact that stress can affect our physical health, with stress resulting in headaches, chest pain, stomachaches, etc. However, not many people realize that stress can also affect your oral health. Stress can not only worsen already present issues but can also create new ones – this has been seen more and more since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Read on to find out how stress can affect your teeth and gums.

Teeth Grinding

Teeth grinding, also known as bruxism, can be caused or worsened if one is stressed. People unconsciously clench and grind their teeth at night, and this can result in a number of issues, from teeth sensitivity and headaches, to jaw pain and wearing down the tips of the teeth.

Canker Sores

While canker cores are often a result of aggressive brushing, biting the inside of your cheeks, or eating spicy food, they can also be caused by stress. This results in painful ulcers inside the mouth or on the gums that make common tasks like talking and eating uncomfortable.

Gum Disease

Gum disease, also known as periodontitis, is a result of poor oral hygiene, but this can be worsened by stress. Not only does stress make people more likely to neglect oral hygiene, but it also weakens the immune system and your body's ability to fight infections. Severe periodontitis can lead to tooth decay, bleeding gums, and in extreme cases, tooth loss.

With so many dental issues and conditions being caused or worsened by stress, it's important to make sure that your mental health isn't taking a toll on your oral health. Visit and at Spektor Dental to make sure that your teeth and gums are in good condition – simply call us at (425) 247-3629 to schedule an appointment.

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