Most likely you have experienced some type of symptom due to stress from a headache, stomachache, or just feeling on edge. Did you know, something we don’t often relate to stress, that stress can affect your mouth, gums, and teeth? Such things as mouth sores, gum disease, and teeth grinding can be attributed to stress. Most mouth sores disappear in a week to 10 days. For relief, try over-the-counter topical anesthetics. To reduce irritation, don’t eat spicy, hot foods or foods with a high acid content, like tomatoes or citrus.

See your dentist and ask what can be done for clenching and grinding your teeth. Your dentist may recommend a night guard, worn when you sleep, to help minimize the actions.