Apr 23, 2021
We often see patients at our dental clinic in Richmond Hill who wonder if their teeth can hurt as a result of stress. The answer in short is yes, your teeth can hurt because of stress.
What is Stress?
Stress is a painful and overwhelming feeling resulting from either physical or emotional tension in the body and in the mind. Stress is what happens when your body reacts to a new challenge in your life. In short spurts, stress can be helpful and can push you to do better. In longer spurts, it can damage your health.
How Stress Affects Oral Health
At our dental clinic in Richmond Hill, we frequently see patients with stress-related dental issues. Stress affects oral health because of the tension held in the lower jaw. All of the tension in the rest of the body can also keep someone from taking good care of their teeth. When you feel stressed, remember to use a toothpaste for sensitive teeth - particularly if you are clenching, brush two times per day, floss daily, and work to lower the stress in your life. This can be difficult to do but even focusing on your breathing for ten minutes a day with a short meditation can help lower the overall cortisol levels related to stress.
Common Dental Issues Due to Stress
A common dental issue that we see from stress is TMJ, or tooth pain. TMJ Syndrome is when you squeeze your jaw together and your teeth grind together. There are different treatments for TMJ Syndrome depending on whether or not your pain is temporary or chronic. Another common issue we see is a tooth being pushed out of position from teeth clenching. This happens most often when the patient has misaligned teeth. Rarely does this result in much damage, but the constant pressure on the one tooth can lead to severe pain.
If you are experiencing dental issues due to stress, contact us today to schedule an appointment to have your oral health examined.