Unfortunately, stress is a part of daily life and it can lead to health complications including insomnia and high blood pressure. While many realize that, it is not as commonly known that stress can impact your oral health as well. If you feel stressed out, a visit to your local dentist in San Diego could be in order.
Bruxism, or habitual teeth grinding and jaw clenching, is a common oral health problem which could be diagnosed by your dentist in the La Jolla area. People who are stressed out or tense are more likely to grind their teeth or clench their jaw. The result is flattened teeth and a sore jaw. If you are overly stressed you may not even realize you are grinding your teeth since it generally occurs at night.
Another common malady is temporomandibular joint disorder, or TMD, which is similar to bruxism in that it affects the jaw and nearby muscles that are used in moving the jaw and neck. Stress is well known as a contributing factor to TMD which can cause headaches, jaw clenching, joint pain, and leave you jaw popping or clicking.
Stress is known to weaken your immune system, this includes limiting the way your body can fight oral infections. Some people develop painful canker sores or have an increased chance of contracting gum disease when they are stressed.
It is important to visit the dentist in San Diego regularly, even when during times when you feel overwhelmed by stress. Dealing with oral health issues is never fun, especially when you are already stressed. A visit to the dentist will help identify the early signs of problems being caused by stress and nip the in the bud before they become painful. Schedule an appointment with your dentist the moment you think you might have oral health issues and nip that problem in the bud. Let your dentist in the Del Mar area help you stay healthy and keep your mouth looking and feeling great.
If you would like more information on how stress affects your oral health or would like to schedule an appointment, reach out to the helpful staff at Solana Family Dental. We are here to help you with all of your dental and oral health care. Call (858)345-4497 to make an appointment today.