Are you under a lot of stress? Is it affecting your sleep

If you are, it might be time to visit your Plantation family dentist Dr. Rosenberg for a checkup. Because whether you’re are aware of it or not, your teeth might be taking a beating for some of that stress and even keeping you awake at night.

Medical professionals know that stress can contribute to serious health conditions including high blood pressure, diabetes and heart disease. And dentists know that your teeth also can bear the brunt of stress.

Stress can lead to people clenching their jaw or grinding their teeth, which can cause headaches, chipped or flattened teeth and tight jaw muscles, as can some drugs taken for depression and anxiety like Prozac and Zoloft, according to The Washingtonian.

A 2007 review of scientific studies also found that stress can contribute to the causes of gum disease because the stress hormone cortisolimpairs the immune system. In a Canadian study, people with more stress reported worse oral health and more oral pain.

Also, people who are stressed out might stop caring about details like oral care, researchers said.

Teeth-grinding can be a sign of a sleep disorder like sleep apnea, and one solution is to have your dentist fit you with a mouth guard.  If you are experiencing teeth grinding, make a visit to your Plantation family dentist and see what he can do to help you with your problem.

Ultimately, if stress is causing you to grind your teeth or clench your jaw, you will need to get to the root of the problem and find ways to reduce your stress, such as exercise, medication or changing the things that are making your life stressful.  But in the meantime, if your habits have caused damage to your teeth, see your dentist for solutions.

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