Stress is a global killer. It has affected millions of people around the world and continues to do so. It first affects our state of mind and then goes on to wreak havoc on our well-being. One of the things where stress can make its biggest impact is to our Oral Health. Here are a number of ways how stress can make an impact to our oral health.
No time to brush or floss teeth
Too much stress can leave us feeling down and exhausted that we hardly find time to do our usual routine. We often find ourselves not having the energy to do the most important things and that includes brushing and flossing our teeth at least twice a day.
When we are stressed out, one of our coping mechanisms is to eat. We tend to eat whatever we want and they are usually the kind of food that our doctors have been telling us to avoid. We feast mostly on junk foods, ice cream, or drink soda or alcoholic beverages just to drown out our problems.
Mouth sores (Canker sores or Cold sores)
These red and white patches found inside the mouth are very painful. Much more when they just appear for apparently no reason at all. It can affect the way we talk and the food we can eat until such time that they heal. Emotional stress is one of the leading causes for mouth sores to appear.
Teeth grinding or Teeth clenching
The constantly applied pressure or banging of the teeth can damage the enamel. Enamel is the hardest tissue found on the body and it cannot be regenerated. Once lost, it is gone forever. It can make our teeth more sensitive and that leads us to miss enjoying our favorite cuisines. Not getting to eat what you want only makes it harder to beat stress.
When we find it exhausting to brush our teeth, how much more than paying our dentist a visit? When we do this, we are only inviting trouble. We may find out that everything’s too late when we have recovered from our situation.
Worsening gum or tooth problems
When things take a dark turn, it will only result in worsening our oral health conditions. When we don’t have the time to brush our teeth or visit our dentist and we commit to bad practices, don’t expect things to turn out for the better.
The worst part about experiencing too much stress is that we are not even aware that we are doing is bad for our health. It is our uncontrolled reactions that play a big factor. Only if we can somehow find a way to manage our thought and emotions, we can find a way to beat stress.