In a recent appearance on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, Moore shared a picture of her missing one of her front teeth from what she described as stress related reasons. The actress thanked modern dentistry for her now beautiful smile and shared her story to increase awareness. She told Fallon that she shared her experience at the dentist on Snapchat because, “People have a hard time at the dentist, I’d like to share that it can be a lot of fun.”
For those concerned about their teeth now suddenly falling out after a stressful day, there’s no need to worry as that’s not how it works. There are a few different ways that stress can affect our oral health and none od them involve spontaneous tooth loss.
Bruxism or TMJ disorder
The medical term for grinding and clenching teeth is called bruxism. Stress can induce this damaging habit either during the day or even worse, at night during sleep when you’re unaware it’s happening. Over time this can wreak havoc on your teeth and jaw and even lead to a disorder of the jaw joint, TMJ.
One symptom of chronic stress is dry mouth. While this may seem like no big deal, your mouth counts on healthy levels of saliva to keep it clean and protected from decay. Some medications that treat stress, anxiety, and depression can also cause dry mouth as one of their side effects. It’s important to talk to your dentist about dry mouth as it can lead to decay and over time that decay can cause tooth loss if left untreated.
Gum disease is the number one cause of tooth loss in the United States. It’s such a common disease that there are over 3 million cases in the United States each year. A consistent and efficient oral hygiene routine and regularly scheduled visits for professional cleanings and exams can go a long way to prevent gum disease and the ensuing tooth loss.
If stress is taking a toll on your daily life, schedule an appointment today to find out how it may be affecting your oral health. Call our office at 509-368-7788 or visit us online to book an appointment or for any questions.
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3151 E. 28th Ave.
Spokane, WA 99223
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