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The Quiet Side Effect of Anxiety with TMJ Problems

Posted on 10/20/2016 by Marilyn Pierce
An elderly woman suffering from TMJ jaw pain.
You can handle anything, right? Managing your home, family, career and health is all just part of your impressive juggling act. Not only that, but you are even up to date with the latest technological advancements and cool apps that your children are now obsessed with.

The reality though is that while yes you may appear to be supermom or superdad, anxiety and stress can wreak havoc on your health.

Not only will anxiety and stress affect your nerves, but it can also impact your smile - believe it or not. Stressed to the max? Your dentist can tell.

How Stress Affects Your Pearly Whites

If you do not believe that anxiety and stress can cause harm to your smile, then think again! Though more severe forms of anxiety come complete with a wide array of oral health concerns, so too does "normal" every day stress.

There is seemingly no limit to the number of oral health problems that can arise due to stress, most of which many people are completely unaware of. Excessive amounts of anxiety and stress can cause canker sores, temporomandibular joint disorders (TMJ), burning mouth syndrome, dry mouth, and even Lichen Planus (a condition where lacy white lines, ulcers or red areas form throughout the mouth).

The Not So Quiet Side Effects of Anxiety on Your Oral Health

As previously mentioned, if you are stressed and struggling with anxiety, your dentist can likely tell. Dentists can detect signs of excessive anxiety before you may even realize what is going on. Mouth pain, mouth sores, bruxism, TMJ disorders and even gum disease all indicate that a patient is struggling with anxiety.

Anxiety is an issue when it comes to your oral health because not only does it cause a slew of oral symptoms, but medications prescribed to help patients deal with anxiety tend to also lead to oral health problems. For example, anxiety medications often cause dry mouth, vomiting or acid reflux - all of which increase your risk of developing tooth decay.

Please contact us if you have any questions about TMJ.

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