Stress Challenges Your Healthy Smile

by Jason 4/16/2012 9:58 AM

Let's face it, we all get stressed. It's the body's response to our crazy, on-the-go lives. Too often though, we become so accustomed to the physical and emotional symptoms of stress, that we stop paying attention. Well, somebody notices and chances are it's your dentist.

Researchers have found that when stress attacks, it often shows up in your mouth first. In fact, stress has been linked to a number of oral health issues. Grinding or clenching the jaw, known as bruxism, is one of the most common ways stress manifests. Between 80 and 90 percent of the population suffers from varying degrees of bruxism. It occurs for many different reasons; however, it is typically known as a coping mechanism for stress. Canker sores, dry mouth and gum disease are also indicators of stress.... more...


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