Stress, anxiety ... we are tired of hearing that today's society is on nerves. And we already know, most of them have suffered in our own flesh, some of the manifestations of stress in the body: headaches, stomach upsets or muscle discomfort are just some of them. But, perhaps something that is paid less attention, but that is not less important, is that stress and nervousness leave a mark on the teeth and jaws.

Bruxism is one of the main consequences, which if not properly treated can lead to wear of the parts, joint discomfort or headaches. Herpes, canker sores, tooth decay or bad breath can be other problems resulting from a high level of stress or anxiety.

"Every day, and as a result of stress, there are more cases of bruxism, since it is estimated that up to 20% of adults have this symptom," says the Medical Director of Vitaldent, Dr. Gustavo Camañas. Bruxism is a harmful habit characterized by the strong contact of the upper and lower teeth, in which teeth grind unconsciously. "Although this situation can also occur during the day, it is more frequent to happen during the night, while falling asleep, since we involuntarily release the accumulation of stress of the day".

If this condition is not treated, it can lead to wear of the teeth and even to suffer pains in the neck, head, spine and in the mandibular joints. Currently there are several multidisciplinary treatments to solve it: how to place a splint of discharge to avoid contact of the upper and lower teeth or perform treatments with orthodontics in the event that bruxism is caused by poor placement of the teeth.

Tooth decay and bad breath caused by stress

And there is not the thing left, if you want to delay your appointment with the dentist, keep in mind that stress is the second cause of tooth decay after the accumulation of bacterial plaque caused by poor dental hygiene. This is because "if you suffer stress regularly, increases the acidity of saliva, in addition to reducing the amount of salivation, attacking directly the enamel, natural layer that protects our teeth", explains the Medical Director of Vitaldent.

High levels of anxiety can trigger the appearance of cold sores. According to the expert, "herpes is produced by a virus that inhabits the facial nerves. Take advantage of the moments in which the body has fewer defenses, such as those caused by episodes of stress, to reproduce. "

It can also be guilty of bad breath, especially due to stomach problems and digestion that entails. In addition, it is common that by the routine we carry, we leave aside such important habits as brushing our teeth after each meal, or visiting the dentist, so the chances of suffering from a dental condition increase considerably. You already know, if you do not want this to happen, control your stress, you will take care of your mouth.

Source: Vitaldent

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