Stress Can Wreak Havok of Your Oral Health

Did you know that stress can leave a lasting impact on your oral health? Celebrity dentist and Founder and CEO of Arch Dental Associates, Dr. Pankaj Singh breaks down the link between stress and oral health.

Stress has been associated with:

  • canker sores
  • teeth grinding
  • dry mouth
  • poor oral hygiene
  • TMJ
  • gum disease (most serious)

Symptoms of gum disease include bleeding gums, swollen gums, loose teeth, sensitive teeth, painful chewing and bad breath. If left untreated, gum disease can lead to tooth loss and loss of bone in the jaw.

Dr. Singh says that “Individuals with high stress levels tend to increase their bad habits, which can be harmful to periodontal health. They are less attentive to their oral hygiene and may increase their use of nicotine, alcohol or drugs. Patients should seek healthy ways to relieve stress through exercise, balanced eating, plenty of sleep and maintaining a positive mental attitude.”

If you experience stress, try these basic preventative steps to protect your oral health:

  1.  Brush your teeth twice a day for at least three minutes each time. Use a toothbrush with soft bristles, as these are less likely to irritate or injure gum tissue.
  2. Floss everyday
  3. Regular visits to your dentist is extremely important in helping keep your mouth healthy. Schedule cleanings at least twice a year.
  4. Eat a healthy and balanced diet. Avoid snacks and junk foods packed with sugar that plaque-causing bacteria feed on.
  5. Rinse thoroughly after every meal
  6. Exercise regularly
  7. Get at least 7 hours of sleep