Stress can do a lot of damage to your body. It can cause high blood pressure, anxiety and depression. It also releases toxins that weaken the immune system, making the body more susceptible to viral and bacterial illnesses. But these are not all.
Surprising as it may sound, stress also has a grave effect on a person's dental health. Aside from giving you a headache, anxiety attack, and other health problems, it can also lead to deteriorated teeth and gums.
Fallout from stress can take a toll in your oral health through the following:
• Poor Oral Hygiene – When you're under a lot of stress, you're likely to neglect oral hygienic habits like brushing and flossing. Bad breath, tooth decay, cavities, plaque and gum disease are just few of the many problems that can arise because of this. Visiting the dentist is essential to prevent further worsening of these oral health problems.
• Unhealthy Eating Habits – Stress eating is what some anxious people resort to. By eating foods that are rich in enamel-damaging sugar and acid, they think they are making themselves feel better.
• Teeth Clenching – Stress has been known to be the primary cause of teeth clenching, which can happen day or night.
• Teeth Grinding – Also known as bruxism, this is common during sleep. A person may grind his teeth unconsciously while sleeping. This can lead to temporomandibular joint problems. See your doctor for both teeth clenching and teeth grinding problems.
• Canker Sores – Small ulcers that appear inside the mouth due to fatigue, allergies and stress. They are not contagious and would typically last from seven to 10 days. Over-the-counter topical anesthetics provide effective relief.
• Cold Sores – These are fever blisters that come from the Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV). Unlike the canker sores, these ones are highly contagious. They don't appear only inside the mouth. They can also form on or around the lips as well as on the chin or nose areas. Anti-viral drugs and over-the-counter pain medications are effective forms of treatment and pain relief.
Combat Stress, Maintain a Pretty Smile
To maintain your good-looking pearls, it's imperative to manage stress effectively. You can do this with the help of stress management techniques.
First, recognize the source of stress. Remove the stressor in your life or do something to control its damaging effects. For example, if you're stressed about too much work, it's either you find another job that is less taxing or you talk to your boss about amending your workload.
It's also essential to take regular breaks from your hectic life. Go out with your family, play with the kids, and catch up with friends. Communication with other people is an efficient stress reliever. Just be sure to surround yourself with fun and positive people.
Also, you can go into yoga, Pilates and meditation.
Getting a massage therapy and practicing breathing techniques can also help a lot.
Always keep in mind the cliché, all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.