Stress has become a daily part of our lives, but chronic stress can have consequences for your oral health.

Did you know that there are many dental health concerns that are actually rooted in stress? That’s right, stress doesn’t just affect your emotional well-being, it can also affect your oral health. If you haven’t already, check out our last blog to learn about a few of the consequences of stress on your oral health, and keep reading to learn more:

#4. Canker Sores

Canker sores are painful ulcers on the inside of your mouth. Canker sores are often caused by chewing your cheeks or tongue and trauma to your gums from vigorous brushing, but stress can also lead to canker sores. One study included a group of students that had a high level of canker sores. During breaks and after graduation, they experienced fewer and less frequent canker sores.

#5. Decline in your overall oral health

When we get very busy and stressed, we tend to not prioritize self care. Our dentist in Lawrence can see this at your dental visits. We understand that when life becomes hectic, it can be very difficult to find time for yourself. We encourage our patients to find a bit of time to care for themselves so that oral health and overall health can be maintained. By staying healthy, you’ll be able to face those challenges and overcome them!

As you can see, stress can affect every aspect of your health, including your oral health. If you think that you may have a stress-related oral health concern, the first step you should take is to schedule an appointment with our dentist in Lawrence. After we help you find the right treatment option, your next step is to reduce the stress in your life to prevent further problems.