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Stress Could Be the Hidden Cause of Painful Teeth and Bleeding Gums

teeth health smile dentistDemi Moore revealed recently that she had lost her front two teeth due to stress. Even A-list celebrities who seem to have the perfect Hollywood smile suffer from dental problems.

Following her revelation, Demi expressed hope that something can be done about stress which is one of the biggest killers. Stress ranks as high as heart disease in causing fatalities.

Here are some signs that stress is damaging your teeth and affecting your oral health:

  1. Shortened and translucent teeth point to teeth grinding, also referred to as bruxism. Pay a visit to your dentist if you notice that your teeth are becoming translucent and shorter. The dentist will create a mouthguard to be worn especially at night to protect the teeth from further damage.
  2. Bleeding gums are a sign of gum disease which could be caused by or made worse by stress. Your dentist may recommend deep cleaning or root planing as some of the treatments for bleeding gums.
  3. Sore jaws and clicking jaw joints are a sign of stress and require the professional services of a dentist. You may be given special splints to rectify the joint or Botox to relax the muscle.
  4. Root canal problems may occur in severe cases of teeth grinding that exposes the nerves in your teeth. Removal of infected tooth pulp is required to clear any problems.
  5. Dental abscesses are common when going through stress since the body is not able to fight off infection. Treatment with antibiotics will help to get rid of the abscesses.
  6. Bad breath is caused by the buildup of stomach acids in times of stress that lead to reflux. Your general practitioner will provide medication to treat acid reflux that may include antacids.

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Dr Ashley Davenport BDS MFGDP(UK)

I qualified as a dentist in 1995 and can honestly say that I have been doing a job that I love for the past 20 plus years. Most people who know me well know that dentistry is a passion for me and that if I won the lottery I would still want to have some dentistry in my life. I get huge satisfaction from treating patients and making a difference to ...

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Dr Catherine Myatt BDS MFGDP(UK)

Cath joined the practice as a dentist in 2002.  She and Ashley met on their postgraduate Vocational Training course in Birmingham when they ended up working at the same practice in West Bromwich.  When Ashley was looking for an associate at Balsall Common Dental Practice, Cath came to take the role and she has been here ever since.  In 2017 Cath...

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