How Stress Can Affect Your Oral Health

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How Stress Can Affect Your Oral Health

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Most of us know that stress affects our body, mind, digestive system, and sometimes even leads to anxiety issues. With unexpected things happening around us, most people find coping with stress to be difficult, considering its adverse side effects.

In today’s hectic, complex world, stress is a common concern for most of us. So, it is very important to have a positive state of mind and approach life with happiness. Do you know that stress can also affect your oral or mouth health? Researchers have found several links between stress and oral health concerns or problems, which are listed below.

Stress may lead to the following oral health concerns:

  • Jaw issues or disorders of the jaw joint or chewing muscles. These can cause pain around the ear or face.
  • Teeth grinding or bruxism. This can happen during the day, especially when you’re concentrating, or at night.
  • Poor oral hygiene caused by a lack of good brushing and flossing. If you’re too busy or forget to keep up with your dental hygiene, you can wind up with tooth decay and gum disease.
  • Cold sores which are caused by the herpes simplex virus HSV-1. Cold sores are often triggered by dental treatment, stress and sunlight.
  • Oral infections or sores which may show up as ulcers, white lines, or white or red spots. These can be brought on by stress.
  • Decreased immune response caused by stress, which can lead to periodontal (gum) disease.
  • Poor diet/nutrition as a result of stress can cause a lack in the vitamins and nutrients that you need to be healthy.
  • Gum disease or worsening of existing gum disease can affect your immune system and cause damage to your gums.
  • Dry mouth is one of the main effects of stress. This causes a lack of saliva in your mouth. Saliva has many oral health benefits, including washing away food particles from your teeth and gums.

How can you deal with stress?

It’s important to get to the root of the problem and figure out why you’re stressed. Once you find out the causes, it’s time to think about how to lower your stress levels. In the meantime, you can follow these steps to get relief from painful oral symptoms:

  • Visit your dentist for regular check-ups and cleanings
  • Avoid hard or crunchy foods when you’re in pain.
  • Don’t use tobacco and alcohol as coping mechanisms. These can make your oral symptoms worse.
  • Stay active—exercise can help with stress.
  • Manage pain through gentle massage, physical therapy or pain relief medications.
  • Eat a healthy, balanced diet
  • Keep up with your oral hygiene technique at home

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