The Stress and Oral Health Connection

The Stress and Oral Health Connection

Posted by Cascade Admin on Nov 16 2022, 07:09 AM

Stress can wreak havoc on a person’s body and overall health. It can cause headaches, muscle tension, sleep problems, and more. It can also affect a person’s mouth and gums. 

Stress can manifest in many ways, but it’s important to recognize it when it’s affecting your life and health. For instance, you may notice that you’re grinding your teeth or clenching your jaw when you’re feeling stressed. You could also develop bad breath, gum disease, dry mouth, mouth sores, bleeding gums, loose teeth, sensitive teeth, and more. If you notice any of these things, it’s important that you let your dentist know as soon as possible. They’ll be able to work with you on developing a treatment plan to improve your overall health and wellness.

Stress Affecting Your Oral Health

When you are stressed, your body releases hormones into your bloodstream that activate your “fight or flight” response. This physical reaction can interfere with normal digestion and nutrient absorption and can limit your immune system’s ability to fight off infection.

Eating sugary snacks or sipping on caffeine-containing beverages may seem like a good way to relieve stress, but it’s actually doing more harm than good to your oral health. Sugary foods and high-acid drinks can cause tooth decay. Plus, they’re best consumed in moderation anyway!

Excessive stress may also cause bruxism, which is when you clench and grind your teeth. This habit can wear down your enamel and cause headaches and pain in your jaw. Over time, you could eventually experience tooth loss. 

If your body isn’t absorbing the vitamins and minerals it needs to function optimally; it may cause issues with your gums. Your gums are the foundation of your teeth, so if they are compromised in any way, you are at a higher risk for cavities or other issues. However, you don’t need to panic - this doesn’t mean all is lost! The key is to reduce stress in your life as much as possible and make sure you are eating a healthy diet to keep your whole body as healthy as possible. In addition to brushing twice a day with fluoride toothpaste, flossing regularly, and getting regular checkups, be sure to avoid sugary foods and beverages to help keep your mouth healthy. Ask your dentist about more ways to manage your stress so you can protect your mouth — and the rest of your body.

If you are looking for more tips for maintaining good oral health, schedule a consultation with Cascade Family Dental. We are located at 925 Corporate Center Pkwy., Suite-G, Santa Rosa, CA 95407. Contact us at (707) 635-6565 or visit our website to book an appointment. 

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