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The Effects of Stress on Oral Health and Ways to Manage It

In today's fast-paced world, stress has become an inescapable part of our lives. While it's well-known that stress can have a significant impact on our overall health, few people are aware of its specific effects on oral health. At Conestoga Dental, we want to shed light on this connection and provide you with practical tips to manage stress and protect your oral health.

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Teeth Grinding (Bruxism)

One of the most common stress-related dental issues is teeth grinding or bruxism. This habit often occurs during sleep and can result in tooth damage, jaw pain, and headaches. Prolonged bruxism can wear down tooth enamel, making teeth more susceptible to decay and sensitivity.

Gum Disease (Periodontitis)

Increased stress levels can weaken the immune system, making it harder for your body to fight off infections, including gum disease. Periodontitis is a severe form of gum disease that can cause tooth loss and damage the bone supporting your teeth.

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Canker Sores

Stress can trigger the development of canker sores or aphthous ulcers. These small, painful ulcers typically appear inside the mouth and can cause discomfort during eating, drinking, or talking.

Dry Mouth (Xerostomia)

Stress and anxiety can cause a decrease in saliva production, leading to a condition called dry mouth or xerostomia. Saliva plays a crucial role in maintaining oral health, as it helps neutralize acids, wash away food particles, and prevent bad breath. A lack of saliva can increase the risk of tooth decay and gum disease.

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Poor Oral Hygiene

When under stress, people may neglect their oral hygiene routine, which can lead to a buildup of plaque and an increased risk of cavities and gum disease.

Understanding the connection between stress and oral health is essential for maintaining a healthy smile. By being aware of the effects of stress on your oral health and implementing strategies to manage it, you can protect your teeth and gums while promoting overall well-being. If you have any concerns about the impact of stress on your oral health, don't hesitate to give us a call.

Contact Conestoga Dental Centre today to book an appointment with our experienced dental professionals. You can reach us by phone at 905-840-0000 or by email at We look forward to helping you maintain good oral health and a bright, healthy smile!

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