Can Stress Impact Oral Health?

Dr. Jacob Grapevine is a Plano, TX dentist that is passionate about making sure his patients stay safe. At this time, Dr. Grapevine and his team want to remind patients about the different dental problems that may arise due to stress. Being quarantined can cause higher levels of stress, and it is important to be aware of symptoms of problems that result from that stress.

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Jaw Pain

Common symptoms of TMJ disorders may occur under stress. Patients with temporomandibular joint disorders may hear their jaw pop or click or can have trouble opening and closing their mouths. If you notice yourself clenching your teeth throughout the day, try to relax your jaw. Bite misalignment may also cause jaw dysfunction but can be treated with orthodontics. In severe cases, TMJ can lead to issues with speaking or eating.

Headaches and Facial Pain

Stressed patients often clench and grind their teeth more, which causes pain in the face and jaw. You may also feel tension or pain in the neck and shoulders, as well as morning headaches. However, certain massage techniques may specifically help with this pain. If you are in isolation with a partner or family member, they may be able to help you with these exercises.

Damaged Teeth

Teeth clenching and grinding caused by stress may wear down your teeth, especially if you’re grinding for long periods of time. It is also possible for teeth to chip, crack, or break because of the added pressure to teeth. Tooth chips may be cosmetic or restorative problems. A break that exposes the pulp of your tooth will cause pain. If this happens to you, contact our office for emergency dental care.

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