If you are like most people, you experience stress at various points in your life. The main source of this stress may be related to your work, family, finances, or other things in your life. It can affect you in many different ways. While some of the signs and symptoms of your stress may show up outwardly, others may only be evident to your dentist. By scheduling regular dental checkups, your dentist will be to identify these dental conditions, as well as come up with a plan to help you to deal with them. Bruxism If you wake up with a dull or constant pain in your jaw or with a regular morning headache, you may be suffering from bruxism. This is simply another name for grinding your teeth during the night. This is a relatively common condition that can be brought on by stress, tension, frustration and anxiety, but it may also be brought on by other conditions. These include: Sleep apnea Missing or crooked teeth Acid reflux Stimulants Abnormal bite Various medications and more Because this takes place when you are sound asleep, you may not even be aware that you are doing this, but your dentist will be able to tell. They will be able to see the wear and tear that the grinding will cause to your teeth. If this behavior is not addressed, it can lead to fracturing of your teeth that may eventually lead to tooth loss or other conditions of your jaw. One of the easiest ways for your dentist to address this is to fit you with a mouth guard that will keep your teeth from touching during the night. In addition to the mouth guard, you may want to enroll in some type of counseling to deal with the stress or anxiety that may be causing your condition. In addition to these interventions, you may need some type of dental correction to help to align or reshape your teeth. Gum Disease If you are stressed out about financial situations, this may affect your gum health. When you are stressed it can have an impact on your immune system. This in turn can impact how effectively you are able to fight off the bacteria that will cause you to have gum infections. The good news is that if you learn to deal with your financial problems in a positive way, you will be no more at risk of having gum disease than any other person. Schedule regular cleanings with your dentist to ensure that your gums stay in the best shape they can be in. Canker Sores Another thing that can happen when stress affects your body’s ability to effectively deal...