What Effect Does Stress Have on Your Teeth?To understand the impact stress can have on your teeth, you have to think about what you do to handle your stress. Many people internalize stress. This can cause problems like colitis or ulcers. It can also cause you to grind your teeth or clench your teeth. These are examples of changes you make to be able to handle your stress without it affecting your job or home life. Instead of crying or screaming or just being snappy with people, you hold it in, but it manifests itself somewhere. One of those places is your teeth.
Grinding your teeth and clenching your teeth is more common than you may realize. Many people do one or the other, or both, and may not even realize that they do it at all. Much of the teeth clenching and grinding takes place when you sleep. When you wake up you may have a headache; you may feel fatigued as though you didn't sleep at all.
These symptoms make sense. When you clench your teeth, you put an enormous amount of stress on your teeth. The pressure can cause them to fracture. Grinding your teeth can cause your tooth surfaces to get ground down when effects that way you bite and can affect the joints that keep your jaws in place and control your bite. Talk to your dentist if you think you have either of these problems. Your dentist can prescribe you a mouthguard to protect your teeth while you sleep. If you have any questions, or if you would like to learn more, please call us today at (503) 420-7600.