Are you dealing with excessive stress in your life? Your dentist can tell. Believe it or not, stress has been linked to all sorts of oral health problems. It is becoming more and more common that dentists are seeing the signs of stress sitting right in their dental chairs. The effects of stress on oral health range from gum disease to orofacial pain, mouth sores, temporomandibular disorders (TMD), and bruxism.
Studies at the University of North Carolina, the University of Michigan and State University of New York at Buffalo have all found that emotional factors such as stress play a key role in the development of gum disease.
Their research revealed that the severity of gum disease was closely linked to the amount of stress that the patient was under in the past 12 months.
How to Protect Your Teeth from Stress
The harmful effects on your oral health from stress are undeniable. That being said, it is critical that you manage the stress in your life in order to protect your teeth. In an effort to protect your smile you must fight against the stresses in your life by removing whatever it is that is causing you stress. For instance, if you are stressed about financial hardships, then get a new job. If you are stressed about your current workload, then next time do not take on more than you can handle.
In some cases, it is not possible to remove the cause of stress in your life and that is okay. Do not fret. Talking with a counselor can help you to find more effective ways to cope with the stresses in your life. Additionally, you can add different activities into your repertoire for the day such as yoga, exercise, jogging or even meditation to help you channel negative energy.
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