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Does My Emotional Health Affect My Teeth?

If you are not in full control of your emotional health and you are feeling signs of stress, it could impact on your health and well-being in more ways than one. You could increase your chance of having a heart attack and heart disease as well as expose yourself to the chance of a stroke taking place. Your memory and sleep could be affected and you may experience regular headaches as well as making any depression worse than is already present.

Added to this long list of negative health outcomes as a result of your emotional health you may also experience problems with your teeth. It could be grinding your teeth which you may not be conscious of as it commonly occurs while you are asleep. Clenching the jaw is another risk factor for the health and well-being of your teeth.

Teeth grinding is often referred to as bruxism and as it often takes place at night you are unaware of its potential dangers to your teeth that include wearing down your teeth’s enamel and jaw damage. You could even accelerate the chance of early tooth decay. If you think that you are grinding your teeth make an appointment with Malmin Dental as a night

Periodontal disease or gum disease is more likely to occur if you are suffering from stress. As long-term bouts of stress can have a negative effect on your immune system making it far more difficult to fight off bacteria that is so often present in the mouth. Bacteria that thrive in the mouth can cause gum disease which can lead to tooth loss.

Canker sores are small white or grey coloured spots fringed with red borders. They appear inside the mouth in varying numbers. Currently, there is no certainty what causes this annoying infliction but the immune system is suspected. A       weakened immune system as a result of stress has been linked to canker sores.

You can help to control the problem by avoiding hot or spicy foods and those that have high acid levels such as tomatoes and citrus. There are other solutions such as applying an over-the-counter numbing product available from chemists. Failing that as a solution your dentist at Malmin Dental may be able to prescribe a steroid product.

Paying attention to your teeth

Sometimes it’s difficult to control stress as a result of the environmental conditions you may be facing. This means that if you are under stress you should pay more attention to the health of your teeth so that you help to counteract the weakening of your immune system. Make sure you really stick to regular brushing and flossing of your teeth and eat foods that don’t contain too much sugar. Rinsing your mouth out with water regularly helps to keep your mouth clear of damaging food particles.

Visit your dentist regularly

While you are not in your usual state of mind you should make sure that you regularly attend dental check-ups. The dental team at our clinics can ensure you maintain your teeth in the best condition possibly. The dental hygienist can help to keep your teeth clear of dangerous plaque that could cause dental decay if not removed as soon as possible.

When your emotional health is under stress, it’s nice to know that the dental team at Malmin Dental is there when you need them and your teeth won’t be compromised when you are experiencing stress.

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