The Stress and Gum Disease Connection

The Stress and Gum Disease Connection

Stress is bad for your teeth. (Just one more reason to go on that vacation you’ve put off!)

A recent study in the Journal of Periodontology reports that plaque levels can increase with emotional stress and gingivitis (gum disease) with physical stress.

Why does plaque levels and gum disease increase plaque levels and gum disease?

Experts report that prolonged stress leads to the malfunction of some biological functions. Virtually all of us find ourselves dealing with excessive stress now and again, and some must deal with it day in and day out for years. It is important that you are aware of the risks associated with this stress so that you can prevent them from wrecking havoc on your teeth (not to mention the rest of you!)

What can I do to prevent gum disease?

Gum disease leads to more than bleeding gums. It can affect the integrity of your teeth and the bone that supports them. If unchecked, gingivitis can lead to loose and missing teeth. When this happens, teeth can often shift. It can be uncomfortable and painful for your bite (not to mention your smile). Brushing at least twice a day and flossing each night are the first step toward protecting yourself from gum disease. Regular dental check-ups and cleanings are also crucial. If you’ve missed an appointment or would like us to create a care schedule for you, call our office at (949) 281-7605.

While these steps can help reduce the risk of stress-related periodontal disease, they don’t resolve the key problem – stress! Exercising and eating right can help, and developing a hobby can be a fantastic release. Talking about it can help as well.


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