Stress and anxiety are common this day and age. Unprecedented work schedules, family life, and the demands of modern society can be a lot to keep up with. While most people are aware that it can lead to serious health complications, the effects of chronic stress on your dental health is not as often discussed. You probably can’t make your stress just disappear, but by understanding how it affects your smile, you may be more apt to relax so that the tension doesn’t destroy your dental health.

Relax, for Your Smile’s Sake

Do you clench or grind your teeth in times of anger or anxiety? If you are under excessive stress, then you may be doing it more often than you think. Our bodies tense up when we’re stressed (which is akin to the body’s fight or flight response), and you may not notice that your jaw partakes in the tension. Habitual teeth-grinding (called bruxism) can damage your teeth, leading to chips, cracks, fractures, and other structural problems.

Don’t Forget the Importance of Oral Hygiene

If something or someone is stressing you out consistently, then little responsibilities may start to fall by the wayside as you attempt to cope with the stress. Oral hygiene, for instance, is a small ritual (two minutes at a time) and you may easily forget or disregard its importance when your mind is on other matters. However, the conundrum with oral health is that the only thing necessary for issues to develop is for you to do nothing. Neglecting your oral hygiene will pave the way for tooth decay, gum disease, and other maladies that are typically preventable with adequate attention and care.


Brighton Family Dental Group is located in Brighton MA. Featuring experienced dentists and an excellent range of in-office treatments, Brighton Family Dental Group is a great destination for any member of your family who is in need of dental care. Patients can schedule an appointment or a consultation with Dr. Thomas Villani by calling (617) 562-5210.