Are Stress and Oral Health Related?

Are Stress and Oral Health Related?

Posted by COMPLETE DENTAL HEALTH on May 18 2022, 04:40 AM

Are Stress and Oral Health Related?

We already know that having poor oral health can be related to stress, but did you know that stress can lead to poor oral health? Unfortunately, this vicious cycle is all too common. You can work hard to maintain a healthy mouth, but if you’re not relieving stress, you’ll likely experience more dental problems.

Does stress affect your oral health?

Yes, stress can affect your oral health. Stress can cause you to neglect your oral hygiene routine, and this can put you at risk for periodontal disease and other serious oral health issues.

Stress can affect your immune system, putting you at risk for infection. This can be especially troublesome if you are already fighting an infection in your mouth. Stress can also cause you to grind your teeth, which can damage your teeth and lead to TMJ disorders.

If you’re already experiencing tooth pain, stress can make it worse. However, the good news is that it’s also true that stress can be combated with relaxation techniques. Relaxation can reduce your stress levels. In turn, this can reduce your risk of oral health issues.

What are the symptoms of stress-related oral health issues?

The symptoms of stress-related oral health issues often go unnoticed. People who suffer from stress may neglect their oral health, which makes them more susceptible to cavities and gum disease.

Common symptoms of stress-related oral health issues include:

  • Toothache
  • Loosened teeth
  • Tooth sensitivity
  • Gum inflammation
  • Bad breath
  • Receding gums

How can you relieve stress?

To combat stress, try some of these simple tips:

Exercise: Working out is a great way to relieve stress, and it can also help your body and mind. Exercise reduces the production of stress hormones, can help you sleep better, and can boost your mood.

Sleep: Chances are, you aren’t getting enough sleep. Sleep deprivation affects your physical and mental health and can increase your risk of health complications. Getting enough sleep can help you feel less stressed.

Relax: Try yoga, meditation, or breathing exercises. These can help to relieve stress and tension in your body.

Practice good oral care: Keep up with your regular dental checkups, and practice good oral hygiene at home. Brush your teeth twice a day, for two minutes each time, and floss at least once a day.

Eat well: Eating well can help your body stay healthy, and it will help combat stress. Try to include a variety of fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and whole grains in your diet.

Now that you know how stress can impact your oral and overall health take steps to keep both healthy.

Please let us know at your next appointment if you have any questions about the best habits for a beautiful smile. Albany Dental Health would be delighted to assist you at any time. If you need to schedule an appointment, please call 541.928.662 or come to 1123 Hill Street SE, Suite A, Albany, OR 97322. Please contact us at if you require any additional information.

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