If you experience stress regularly, you are probably aware of the physical toll it can take on your body. Stress will increase your chance of heart complications, impact your blood pressure, and cause other problems. In addition to systemic complications, stress can cause problems for your teeth. Here’s what you need to know:

Bruxism (teeth grinding): High levels of stress may cause you to begin to grind your teeth at night or clench your jaw, even if you have never done it before. You may not even know you are doing it. However, if you think you might be doing this, talk to your dentist in Fresno CA about getting a professional night guard to protect your teeth. The problem with prolonged teeth grinding can wear down your enamel, cause tooth decay or sensitivity, and may even do permanent damage to the jaw.

 Periodontal disease: Gum disease is caused by bacteria, which can be fought off by your immune system to some degree. However, when your body experiences long periods of stress, the immune system is weakened making your gums more susceptible to disease.

 Canker sores: No one knows why we get canker sores for sure, but a common theory is that canker sores are caused by stress. If you experience stress, take extra care to take care of yourself. Brushing, flossing, scrubbing your tongue, eating healthy foods, and drinking water will be your best defense against the damage emotional health problems can cause your teeth.