With today’s day-to-day pressures taking toll on the health of many, signs of stress are also becoming evident in the dentist’s office with more and more patient visits for oral examinations including braces in Dubai. Oral symptoms of stress include mouth sores, bruxism, gum disease, orofacial pain and temporomandibular disorders (TMD) to name a few.
Stress-Related Oral Disorders
- Canker Sores: These are mouth ulcers and appear inside the mouth as small spots that have a white base with red borders. These are not contagious and occur due to biting of the cheek or overzealous cleaning of the tooth – triggers of trauma under stress. These sores disappear in a week. Avoid spicy and hot foods and foods with high acid content like citrus fruits when you have these sores.
- Bruxism: It is the technical term for grinding of the teeth and clenching of the jaws and is triggered by stress, anxiety, tension or frustration. This can happen either during the day or while sleeping at night without the person even realizing it. Visiting your dentist would be a great idea who will recommend a night guard or another appliance to curb your grinding at night. During the day time, keeping your teeth apart when not eating would help you with the problem.
- Gum Disease: Emotional factors play key roles in the development of gum (periodontal) disease