If you think that the only side effects of stress you have to worry about are fatigue and appetite loss, think again. Living with stress in Nashville, TN can also be chaotic to your oral health. Even though it is not uncommon for you to deal with stress periodically, if you find that you are dealing with more than usual, it is time for you to pay a visit to your local periodontist at the Nashville Periodontal Group for a checkup.

Signs That Stress Is Affecting Your Oral Health

Sometimes it is hard to recognize the signs of stress. This can make it more challenging to avoid it. Here are some signs that could indicate your stress levels are too high and your oral health is at risk of being compromised.

·         • Canker sore

·         • Tooth sensitivity

·         • TMJ (temporomandibular joint disorder)

·         • Gum disease

The effects of stress are not always noticeable. Stress is not always easy to avoid either. However, that does not mean that it cannot be managed. Reduce the amount stress you encounter on a daily basis and get regularly dental exams to keep your teeth and gums healthy.

Fight Stress With Improved Oral Hygiene

Stress affects everyone differently, therefore you may need to try different things to find ways to keep your stress levels low. Great ways to ways to minimize the impact of stress on your teeth and gums include setting aside time each day or every other day to exercise or meditate. See your periodontist regularly so any potential dental problems can be identified and treated before they get out of hand. Follow all recommendations from your doctor. Practice good oral hygiene and eating habits every day. Neglecting to brush your teeth and floss regularly can also have a serious impact on your oral health that can magnify the effects of stress as well.

Contact the office of Nashville Periodontal Group to schedule an appointment if you are suffering from any effects of stress, or to schedule a maintenance appointment.