Uncertainty is a common source of stress. Unfortunately, the unknown nature of the COVID-19 outbreak is causing a lot of uncertainty, thus increasing stress levels in many patients. You may not be aware that stress can have a major impact on your mouth. From short-term complaints to long-term problems, stress can affect almost every aspect of your oral health. This makes it more important now than ever to keep an eye on your teeth.
It’s a common aphorism that stress gives you ulcers. You may be surprised to learn that this is not so far from the truth. Mouth sores, such as canker or cold sores, often spring up in response to emotional stress. While cold sores are a symptom of the herpes virus, doctors aren’t sure exactly what causes canker sores. Whatever the cause may be, they are more common in times of stress.
This is probably the most common unconscious physical reaction to stress. The next time you are feeling stressed, pay attention; you may find yourself clenching or grinding your teeth without meaning to. Grinding teeth can cause headaches, jaw pain, and undue wear. Left untreated, it can ruin jaw alignment and even develop into a more complex problem such as TMJ. Since much grinding occurs during sleep, a nighttime mouthguard may be your best bet to combat this issue.
Ask Us if You Have Questions
The office of Dr. Andrew C. Cobb in Washington DC is closed to regular activity until April 6th based on recommendations from the CDC and multiple dental associations. If you have questions about maintaining your dental health, however, feel free to contact us. We are also available to treat dental emergencies in existing patients. If you experience unusual pain, sensitivity, or facial trauma, contact Drs. Andrew Cobb or Matias Cima on our website, at (202) 686-9100, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.