Q&A: Can Teeth Get Stressed Out?

Did you know that April is Stress Awareness Month? While you probably know all about what it’s like to end up feeling stressed out, you might not know what we mean when we refer to stressed teeth. The truth is, your teeth are just as vulnerable as the rest of your system to end up taxed by too much stress. From discomfort to actual physical damage, daily stress (that turns into weekly and monthly stress) can truly take a toll. Let’s talk about this with some questions and answers, so you know how to make things better and do your best to maintain your dental health.

Questions and Answers

Question: What happens if I’m stressed a lot of the time? Is this really going to become apparent with my dental health?

Answer: It really will if you are someone whose stress ends up causing you to grind your teeth or to clench your teeth. This consistent habit (whether it’s intentional or not) will yield damage if you end up with a jaw joint problem (TMJ disorder). Or, it will lead to damage if you end up with chronic grinding and clenching (bruxism disorder).

Question: What am I supposed to do? I just naturally stress, so I’m not sure if there’s anything to do that will protect my smile.

Answer: If you’re someone who stresses a lot, we encourage you to find a way to manage the stress. In addition, we suggest you come in for a dental visit, so we can protect your dental health with appropriate treatments (for instance, we offer TMJ disorder treatment and bruxism treatment to prevent injury).

Question: What if I’ve been dealing with serious stress for a long time and I’m already suffering from oral health damage? Can you fix them or only prevent new concerns?

Answer: We can do both!

Protect Your Smile By Managing Stress

By managing your stress, you can ensure you’re keeping your smile safe from problems like TMJ disorder and bruxism. Schedule care with your Southlake, TX dentist today by calling Gregory Wright, DDS at (817) 481-7999. We gladly serve patients from Southlake, Grapevine, Keller, Trophy Club, Colleyville, and surrounding areas.