Gritting Your Teeth: Stress And Your Smile

Categories: Dental Health

Monkton how stress hurts your teeth

At Hereford Dental Health serving Parkton, Monkton and Sparks, our team cares about your smile. Did you know that stress can also impact your oral health?  Here are some dental problems linked to stress.

Canker and Cold Sores

Cold sores are a symptom of the herpes simplex virus. Scientists don’t know exactly what causes canker sores but suspect they are related to infection, virus, or a weak immune system. If you are prone to mouth sores, you probably already know that stress seems to bring them on or prolong healing times.

If you get these sores often, meet with your doctor or dentist. Your healthcare provider can guide you on medications, diet, and stress reduction procedures.

Teeth Grinding

It’s no surprise that teeth grinding is dangerous to teeth. It starts with enamel wear, then loose teeth, and eventually tooth loss. During this progression, there may be other troubles such as gum recession, headaches, and TMD (Temporomandibular Disorders).

If you grind your teeth, you should address this condition as soon as possible. In addition to stress, there are many factors that can cause or worsen it. These include malocclusion (bad bite), and prescription depression and anxiety medications.

Our team at can create an appliance to protect your teeth and keep your jaw in the proper position while you are sleeping. Other treatments include cognitive behavior therapy, relaxation therapies, mandibular advancement devices, physical therapy, and medication. Your dentist can create a treatment plan and work with you and your doctor to manage or eliminate this condition.

Gum Disease

Stress can reduce your ability to fight plaque build-up which can cause gingivitis. If untreated, gum disease can lead to sore or bleeding gums. You may need periodontal treatment for your gums.

At Hereford Dental Health in Monkton, our services include general and family dentistry, and a wide range of cosmetic dentistry services. We also offer Invisalign, treatment for snoring and sleep apnea, as well as alternatives for CPAPs. Schedule an appointment with us today.


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Monkton, Maryland