Do you wake up in the morning and your mouth feels like it is sticky and dry? If so, you are experiencing dry mouth. This is a common condition that results in a lack of saliva in the mouth. It can become a problem because saliva is needed to help rinse away lingering food and bacteria. When bacteria linger on and between the teeth as well as along the gumline, it will lead to problems, such as gum disease and tooth decay.
There are many aspects of daily life that can be stressful. As children, we can’t wait to become adults and enjoy the freedoms we believe come with adulthood, such as no bedtime and the ability to eat whatever we want and play endless video games. Then, we grow up, and realize the sad truth, that being an adult means having way more responsibilities than we could have imagined. Jobs, finances, medical issues, family matters, and more increase daily stress. High stress can not only damage your overall health but your oral health as well. When you visit us for a routine hygiene examination, we can often tell your stress level by what we see in your mouth. Here are some ways stress may be harming your teeth and mouth: