How Your Stress Levels Might Be Causing Dental Damage

February 18, 2014 by Dr. Emanuel Layliev Blog


Stress is one factor that can affect many different features of the body, including emotional, physical and mental wellness. Physical stress can cause excessive damage to your teeth and jaws if not treated.

Two harmful dental disorders caused by stress are temporomandibular joint syndrome (TMJ and myofacial pain dysfunction (MPD). Both of these disorders cause pain in the joints of the jaw, MPD, and that discomfort can also affect other regions of the face.

The most common occurrences of TMJ and MPD are with women in their 20s and 30s; however, the limits of these disorders are not limited to any gender of age. Stress likely causes grinding of the teeth or clenching of the jaw at night. This can make the teeth extremely sensitive. Avoiding crunchy foods will help limit trauma to the teeth, but wearing a mouth guard at night will be a more permanent solution.

Symptoms from both of these ailments include cracking or popping of the jaw, tension in your jaw and check muscles, tooth sensitivity and the inability to open your mouth wide.

For further information on how stress can affect your teeth and how to treat TMJ and MPD, call NY Center for Cosmetic Dentistry at 212-288-4455.

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