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HOW STRESS INFLUENCES OUR ORAL HEALTH

March 30, 2019

The accelerated rhythmof life and the daily worries produce a level of stress from which very fewmanage to escape, and which has a negative influence on our oral health.

BRUXISM

One of the most characteristic symptoms ofstress is the clenching or grinding of teeth: “bruxism”. This problemis very frequent, more and more, and has consequences such as: joint pain(TMJ), dental pain, retraction of the gums and bone that attach to the teeth,wear and even dental fractures. The professionals in charge of treating bruxismare specialists in TMJ (temporo-mandibular joint).)

CARIES AND PERIODONTAL DISEASE

In addition, withstress there is a decrease in the flow of saliva in the mouth, which decreases ourdefenses against cavities and gum problems (periodontal disease). This isfurther aggravated when anxiety causes us to take medications to reduce it(tranquilizers, anxiolytics), which also decrease saliva levels.

The specialists intreating gum problems are periodontists and dentists specializing inconservative therapies and prostheses are responsible for rehabilitating theconsequences of cavities, wear and even loss of teeth.

HARMFUL LIVING HABITS

Finally, we must notforget that stress is often associated with unhealthy habits such as: poornutrition, abuse of toxic substances (tobacco, alcohol …), or even veryaggressive toothbrushing, all with harmful consequences for our oral health.

SOLUTIONS

Therefore, we must tryto reduce as much as possible the impact of stress: practice a sport, have agood diet, respect the hours of sleep, perform activities that bring us welfare(yoga, meditation) or cultivate hobbies that make us channel our energy. Alsogo to appropriate specialists when we cannot control our own level of stress(doctors, psychologists …).

DENTAL TREATMENTS FOR PATIENTS SUFFERING FROMSTRESS

In addition, whenits consequences have already manifested in our mouth, it is very important togo to the dentist to assess the degree of affectation we suffer and offersolutions. At Asisa Dental we have a large team of specialized and coordinatedprofessionals who will provide treatments such as relaxation splints,periodontal treatments for the gums and fillings or crowns of different materialsto rehabilitate lost hard tissues.  Evenin the case of loss of teeth we can replace them with titanium implants. 

Dr. Teresa Vizuete Moya