How Stress May Affect Your Oral Health

How Stress May Affect Your Oral Health

Posted by Dr. Lee on Nov 10 2022, 06:49 AM

Stress is a common word in today’s world. Stress can be related to anything — from personal issues to the political situations around you. Stressful situations tend to make your body feel tense, and you might develop certain symptoms.

Link Between Stress and Oral Health

A stressful event, such as the loss of a job or a death in the family, may cause your body to release adrenaline and cortisol. These hormones can cause your blood vessels to contract, increasing your blood pressure and causing your heart to beat faster. Over time, these physical changes can lead to serious health problems. When it comes to your oral health, these changes in your body may contribute to dry mouth, increased plaque buildup, and gum disease.

Stress can also cause you to grind your teeth in your sleep. Grinding your teeth can lead to tooth damage as well as jaw pain. If you have identified that you are suffering from grinding teeth during sleep, it is important to wear a night guard while you sleep to prevent damaging your teeth further.

If someone is stressed out, it could affect their ability to eat properly and keep up with their oral hygiene routine. In addition, some people may grind their teeth when they are stressed or anxious. This can cause discomfort and pain in their jaw and neck. If you experience any of these symptoms, you may want to visit your dentist for an exam to determine if your mouth is healthy. They can treat any infections or decay that may be present in your mouth.

What Steps Can You Take to Manage Stress?

Here’s what you can do to help relieve stress and promote good oral health at the same time:

  • Get enough sleep each night. This will reduce your stress levels and help you feel more rested during the day. It will also ensure your body is better prepared to fight infections and bacteria in your mouth. Most adults should aim for seven to eight hours of sleep per night.
  • Exercise regularly. Working out is a great stress reliever, and it can also help improve your mood and reduce feelings of depression or anxiety. Additionally, exercise helps promote better blood flow through the body — it’s especially important to keep blood flowing properly to the gums and surrounding teeth to keep them healthy and strong. It can also boost your immune system to help prevent colds and other illnesses. In addition to exercising daily, it’s also important to avoid sitting for long periods of time whenever possible. If you must sit for an extended period of time, make sure you get up and move around periodically as well.
  • Practice mindfulness meditation. Meditation is a great way to relax and reduce stress while also improving your overall health. It can be done on your own, or you can attend a local class in your area. 

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