Stress is a normal part of everyone’s life and a necessary emotion. But chronic, excessive stress can have a negative impact on your mental and physical health. It has been linked to high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, and more.
Many common daily stressors can cause or exacerbate oral health problems, such as grinding your teeth while sleeping.
The human body responds to stressful situations by releasing stress hormones like cortisol and adrenaline into the system. These hormones cause a number of physical side effects, including faster heart rate, higher blood pressure, sweating, and muscle tension. While these symptoms may go away once the situation is resolved, the lingering effects of these hormones can cause real damage to your oral health.
When you’re stressed, your body releases chemicals that can make you physically ill. But did you know that these chemicals can also have a negative impact on your oral health? Here’s how it all works:
The good news is that you can reduce stress in your life, as well as improve your dental health. Many people find that meditation and yoga are helpful for reducing stress and tension in the head and neck area. Other calming activities include listening to music or taking your dog for a walk. Even practicing slow breathing exercises can be beneficial. And always remember to seek professional help from your doctor if you’re feeling severely anxious or depressed.
If you grind your teeth because of stress, we have good news! There are some things you can do to relieve stress and lessen the likelihood that you’ll grind your teeth. Try some relaxation techniques like meditation, yoga, or even watching your favorite TV show with a loved one in the evening before you go to bed. If you don’t think that you can sleep without grinding your teeth, try wearing a mouthguard to bed to protect your teeth from damage.
Rivermark Dental at Santa Clara is happy to educate and provide exceptional dental treatments to the community. Please schedule an appointment online or call us at 408-988-7788 to have a consultation with our dentist, and we will be happy to assist you further.