Stress - we've all experienced it at some point in our lives. Whether it's due to work deadlines, relationship troubles, or simply the chaos of everyday life, stress can take a toll on both our physical and mental well-being. But did you know that it can also have an impact on our oral health? That's right! The connection between stress and oral health is a fascinating topic that deserves more attention.
When stress takes its toll on our bodies, we often overlook the impact it can have on our oral health. But believe it or not, there is a strong connection between the two. One of the ways stress can affect our mouths is by causing us to clench or grind our teeth, known as bruxism. This habit puts excessive pressure on the teeth and jaw joints, leading to tooth damage, headaches, and even TMJ disorder.
Stress also weakens our immune system's ability to fight off infection and diseases in general. This includes periodontal disease – an infection that affects the gums and bones supporting the teeth. When left untreated, periodontal disease can lead to tooth loss. Furthermore, stress may disrupt healthy eating habits as people tend to reach for comfort foods high in sugar or neglect their oral hygiene routine altogether.
To protect your oral health from stress-related issues, practicing relaxation techniques such as meditation or deep breathing exercises can be beneficial. Regular exercise also helps reduce stress levels.
Start by decluttering one area at a time – whether it's tackling your desk space or reorganizing closets – small steps towards organization can have significant positive effects on mental well-being.
To learn more or to schedule an appointment with us, visit our office, Midtown Dental, at 750 George Washington Way, Richland, WA, Suite 1 99352. You can also reach us at (509) 946-1678.