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Anxiety and Teeth Problems

Denise Griswold, MSc, LCAS
Anxiety and Teeth Problems

Anxiety causes a lot of physical problems. While it's characterized as a mental health disorder, there are many physical symptoms and in some cases (like with panic attacks), it can actually have physical symptoms that make people feel as though they have a serious disease.

Teeth problems may not seem like they're related to anxiety, but they can be, and in many cases these teeth problems remain completely unknown until they are seen by a dentist.

Anxiety Tooth Problems

Anxiety doesn't directly affect the teeth. But what anxiety does do is cause other problems that end up having an effect on tooth health. 

There are many different potential tooth problems related to anxiety, and some experts are finding that the connection between the mouth and mental health may be even stronger than ever anticipated. Some examples include:

Those with anxiety are also prone to hyperawareness, and that means that on occasion their teeth may feel like there are more problems than those without anxiety. For example, some people report that during an anxiety attack they feel as though their teeth are loosening or in pain. If they did not have anxiety, they would not notice these symptoms, even though nothing is technically wrong with your teeth.

See a Dentist, Manage Anxiety

Unfortunately, tooth problems are not something that can be easily cured at home. You should always maintain good oral hygiene, but you also need to see your dentist and listen to any of their recommendations. Be as honest as possible. Tell them about your anxiety, tell them what you do regularly for your oral healthcare, and tell them about your diet. They'll give you insight into what likely caused your tooth problems and what you can do about them.

Then, make sure that you are working towards treating your anxiety, especially since the most common tooth problem (grinding) isn't something you can control unless your stress and anxiety is reduced. You can attempt a mouth guard for a while, but eventually you will need to address your anxiety.

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