Stress can affect your oral health

 

We know you take meticulous care of your pearly whites. You avoid sugar-rich food, you brush your teeth unerringly twice a day, and you floss with almost religious fervor.  

In fact, you could be a role model for many people out there who either partially, or worse, not at all follow the dental hygiene practices recommended by dentists.

While your oral hygiene routine may be commendable, if you are leading a lifestyle full of stress, all your good work with your teeth may be negated.

Well, let’s quickly round-up a couple of facts on oral hygiene.

  • How do you respond to unjustified criticism from your boss or a co-worker?

Most of us are content with a bit of jaw clenching and teeth grinding to give vent to our frustration. But if you are the type who worries too much about such things, you may be resorting to teeth grinding even in your sleep.

Ever wondered why your teeth are developing a flatter tip and you are often waking up with a sore jaw? Bruxism is the word used for habitual teeth grinding and jaw clenching. Teeth grinding is something we indulge in when we are asleep and have no knowledge about it upon waking up.

  • Saliva is what keeps our mouth free of bacteria. Stress can dry our mouths out, robbing our body of its power of natural defenses against development of dental cavities. In short, our whole immune system is compromised when we are under stress.

So what’s the way out?

Stress is a bad thing in any form or shape – and it can affect your health in more ways than one – your oral health included!

And oral health is nothing to be ignored, for, it is directly related to your cardio-vascular health and poor oral hygiene has been directly linked to heart disease and stroke. It’s a vicious cycle with potentially far-reaching consequences.

We have seen how important it is to maintain oral hygiene to keep our immune system in excellent shape. We have also seen how stress can negate all our good work with our teeth.  Mental stress and fatigue are a part of modern living. One either learns to deal with it effectively, or avoids it by making some fundamental changes to one’s lifestyle.  But one can hardly ignore it.

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