Most of us encounter stressful periods at some point in our lives. We are all aware that stress can have negative effects on our emotional health, but stress can also have significant negative effects on our oral health.

We know that stress can be a major contributing factor to the following conditions:


Bruxism is the grinding and clenching of your teeth that often occurs while you sleep. Daily stresses can bring on the pattern of Bruxism and can cause your teeth to become worn, cracked, and loose.

Periodontal Disease

Long-term stress can cause the immune system to weaken. This increases the risk of having the gums infected by plaque and developing Periodontal Disease, also known as gum disease.

Canker Sores

Although these shallow lesions have an unknown cause, research suggests several factors including the likelihood of being stress induced. Canker sores are generally harmless, but they can be quite painful.


Stress contributes to temporomandibular joint disorders, known as TMJ or TMD. Stress and Bruxism are common causes of TMJ disorder. The trauma from grinding the teeth as well as anxiety and depression are common triggers.

Dry Mouth

Xerostomia, more commonly known as Dry Mouth, occurs when the mouth doesn’t produce enough saliva. Dry Mouth can result from conditions caused by stress or the medications used to treat anxiety and depression.

Burning Mouth Syndrome

Burning Mouth Syndrome by definition is a burning sensation on the tongue, lips gums or palate. Though the direct cause is unknown, stress is one of the triggers for burning mouth syndrome.

Lichen Planus

Lichen Planus of the mouth produces white, lacy patches or lines in the mouth. It is believed to be a reaction to viral infections triggered from stress.

All of these symptoms show the indirect ways stress can influence your oral health. Stay vigilant on your daily oral hygiene routine during periods of high stress. If you are concerned that stress is affecting your teeth and gums, contact SouthPalm HarborSmiles at (813)289–0560.








Situational Stress

You overslept. You jump out of bed, scurry through your morning shower, throw on your clothes and rush your way out the door. No time for breakfast, you’ll grab that on the way.  You get in your car and are driving along until you hit a wall of traffic backed up for miles. Now you will miss an important meeting and your whole morning is thrown off schedule. You start getting anxious and feel the build-up of tension all before 8 am. What a way to start your day and this is a common situation in our daily lives today.

Pressure & Pain

Suffering with headaches, jaw pain or facial pain? All are all common symptoms of TMJ or TMJD (Temporomandibular Joint Disorder). Stress can cause your facial muscles to tighten. Grinding your teeth can put pressure on undue pressure on the joint. The Temporomandibular Joint or TMJ is located where the jaw meets and attaches to the skull, TMJ is also a term used to describe disorders related to this area  also referred to as TMJD (Temporomandibular Joint Disorder). TMJ symptoms come from brain-muscle conditioning acquired by trauma or stress.

Damage Control

If you think you have TMJD, it is important to address the causes of stress in your life and take measures to relieve some of the strain. What relaxes you? A long walk? Meditation? Music? Make sure you find time for enjoyable activities so you become less tired and anxious.

If you are grinding your teeth at night during your sleep, you need proper treatment to prevent further damage involving fracturing, loosening, or loss of teeth. Proper care can eliminate jaw soreness, headaches and keep your teeth from being worn down from grinding. Contact Palm Harbor Premier Dental at (813) 289-0560 for a FREE consultation. You don’t have to live in pain.

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