Recent studies are showing a link between stress and gum disease. It is not yet known how this happens, but many believe stress limits the ability of the immune system to function fully and control the gum disease bacteria in the mouth. There is also evidence that patients who are stressed develop more plaque than the average person.
Another concern is that people who have a lot of stress in their lives tend to clench or grind their teeth, especially at night. This can lead to extensive tooth damage as well as sensitivity. In severe cases teeth can even be lost.
From what we see, most people have a lot of stress in their lives. Here are a few tips that we hope will help you get yours under control.
Make a Choice – in stressful situations you generally have three options – avoid it, accept it, or change it. Understanding your choices and moving forward with one of them will help put you back in control.
Learn to Say No – a lot of stress is caused by having too many things to do. You will feel less stressed when you say yes to the priorities and filter out the things that are not that important.
Adopt a Stress Reducing Habit – exercise, yoga, meditation, relaxation exercises, and even listening to calming music at the end of the day, are all great ways to release stressful tension and relax.
Stress is dangerous for your health and your teeth and we hope that you take it seriously. If you have any concerns about the impact it is having on your oral health, call and schedule an appointment.
You may be a candidate for a nightguard appliance that will protect your teeth from extra wear and tear or other recommendations that can help prevent or minimize the effects of gum disease.
Knoxville Family & Sedation Dentistry (865) 922-1613