True or false: Can stress cause your teeth to fall out?
Your smile is how you feel. As holistic dentists, we understand your body is the sum of all its parts. If one part is failing, it can affect what seems a completely unrelated part.

We know the impact of stress transcends emotional health. But when people consider physical effects, they tend to think of hypertension and heart disease. As your health partner, we’re on the frontlines of seeing the subtle effects of stress. These subtle effects offer an opportunity for intervention before they become catastrophic illnesses.

For example, stress is associated with changes in oral bacteria, the same type of bacteria linked to both gum disease and heart disease. Advanced gum disease alone is a leading cause of tooth loss. We often see how stress affects our patients’ oral health in other ways, including:
  • Chips, damage caused by subconscious daytime or night-time teeth-grinding
  • Facial and jaw pain caused by stressed joints and muscles
  • Cold sores, stress-induced ulcers, and infections
Keeping routine visits allows an opportunity to identify problems early and discuss solutions. Providing relief for symptoms is a Band-Aid; we’ll get you on the road to wellness that relieves a potential source of your problems: stress.

The danger of gum disease
At the Maine Center for Dental Medicine, we take a multi-faceted approach to the diagnosis and treatment of periodontal disease. We do this because we understand the negative effect gum disease can have on teeth and general wellness. The presence of unhealthy bacteria weakens gum tissue around teeth, which leads to periodontal pockets. In the space created between teeth and gums, bacteria accumulate. This causes bone tissue to break down over time. Eventually, this degeneration can cause tooth loss. Research also demonstrates that the pathogens that cause inflammation and infection in the mouth can move elsewhere in the body. Studies have linked periodontal disease to diabetes, cardiovascular disease, stroke and more.
Maine Center for Dental Medicine
Phone: (207) 474-9503
59 Pleasant Street Skowhegan, Maine 04976
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