How Stress Affects Your Dental Health

Stress can cause everything from anxiety attacks to heart attacks; but, did you know that it can also negatively affect your oral health? If you’re under constant stress, you are more inclined to have problems with your mouth, teeth and gums. These problems can include:

  • Mouth sores, including canker sores and cold sores
  • Clenching of teeth and teeth grinding
  • Poor oral hygiene
  • Periodontal (gum) disease or worsening of periodontal disease

The good news is that there are things you can do to reduce stress and prevent oral health problems. To help raise awareness for Stress Awareness Month, check out these 7 stress busting tips:

  • Relax: Try a yoga class, meditation class, or a cup of warm Chamomile tea.
  • Work out: Exercise.  If you don’t like the gym, try walking briskly for thirty minutes a day, 3 to 4 times a week.
  • Eat healthy: Eating the right amount of fruits, vegetables and lean protein.
  • Work/Life balance: Incorporate a healthy balance between work, personal time, and family. All work and no play can quickly lead to excess stress.
  •  Learn to say no when necessary: Don’t add more to your schedule than you can handle.
  • Set a bedtime for yourself: Get 7 to 8 hours of sleep each night, and make time to rest during your time off.
  • Express yourself: It’s important to be able to express your feelings in a positive way. You can state what you feel without being hostile or angry. Try it!

It’s also imperative that you practice good oral hygiene. Oral infections, such as gingivitis and periodontal disease, can lead to diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, and oral cancer.  Make sure you visit the dentist  at least twice a year for checkups, x-rays and cleanings to prevent gum disease and other dental issues.

What do you do to de-stress in your daily life?  Share with us in the comments below

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