How Stress Affects Your Oral Health

Feeling stressed? In this recent video, Dr. James McCall explains how stress affects your entire body, including your mouth. When you are stressed and not handling the stress well, your entire body suffers.

Stress Increases Chances of Mouth Sores and Gum Disease

Both gum disease and mouth sores, such as canker and cold sores, can be triggered by stress. In the case of mouth sores, it appears the body’s response to stress can cause these painful sores to develop. While there’s little you can do to stop them, in the case of cold sores, which are contagious, getting antiviral treatment early can help lessen the length of the sores.

Gum disease often occurs because of the distraction you face when under stress. This can cause you to ignore proper brushing and flossing, which increases your chances of developing gum disease.

Stress Hurts Your Diet

When you are stressed, you are more prone to eating sugary snack foods. These foods increase your risk for tooth decay and gum disease. A healthy, well-balanced diet will not only keep you healthy enough to deal with stress more effectively, but it will also protect your teeth from the dangers of too much sugar.

Better Strategies for Dealing with Stress

Stress happens, no matter what you do. To protect your oral health, you must learn how to deal with that stress.

Instead of turning to junk food, plan for regular exercise. Exercise helps you manage stress more effectively and releases endorphins you need to stay stress-free. Remind yourself of the importance of your daily oral hygiene routine and the need to eat a healthy, balanced diet. By doing these things, your stress will not have as much of an impact on your oral health.

If you want more ideas about protecting your oral health during times of stress, contact Dr. McCall to learn more.

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