How Stress May Leads to Poor Oral Health

How Stress May Leads to Poor Oral Health

Posted by ARDEN DENTAL CARE on Nov 14 2022, 04:59 AM

How Stress May Leads to Poor Oral Health

Stress is the body's reaction to change that requires mental or physical adjustment. It can be triggered by any situation that requires an adjustment or response, such as a new job, a death in the family, or a chronic illness. Stress can take a toll on your physical health, including your oral health. It has been linked to several oral health issues, such as bruxism and gum disease.

The Link Between Stress and Oral Health

When you are feeling stressed, your body releases hormones such as cortisol and adrenaline, these hormones rush through the body and cause a number of changes to occur, including an increase in your heart rate and blood pressure. At the same time, your oxygen levels drop, which can cause you to feel lightheaded or dizzy. You could also have an increased appetite, fatigue, irritability, headaches, and even a lowered immune system function. All of these are symptoms that could negatively impact your oral health.

During times of stress, the body may decrease blood flow to the gums. This can cause the tissue to become inflamed and irritated, which may bleed easily and lead to increased gum sensitivity. A weakened immune system during these times may also allow bacteria to flourish in the mouth, increasing your risk of developing an infection that could lead to tooth loss and other complications if left untreated.

If you are feeling particularly stressed or overwhelmed, it is important that you visit your dentist for a professional cleaning and checkup as soon as possible to reduce the risk of infection and inflammation. Regular visits to the office can help protect your oral health by preventing the accumulation of plaque and calculus. Talk with your dentist about how you can incorporate healthy habits into your routine during times of stress to improve your oral health and overall well-being.

Managing Your Stress

The next time you are experiencing a stressful situation, try to engage in activities that will help calm you down, like meditation or deep breathing. You may also want to try some relaxation techniques such as massage, aromatherapy, and yoga. These techniques can help lower your stress levels and reduce your pain at the same time.

Please schedule an appointment online or call the Dentist in Sacramento, CA, at (916) 481-2001 to have a consultation with Dr. Talluri. We also serve areas including Sacramento 94203, Carmichael 95608, Arden-Arcade 95825, North Highlands 95660, and Citrus Heights 95621. 

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