Did you know that stress and dental problems are interrelated? Strange it may be but it is nevertheless true. Stress impacts our body in multiple ways, and the overall impact is always negative. Putting it simply, stress leads to us neglecting self-care which also includes dental hygiene and from those stem problems such as tooth decay, gingivitis, and halitosis.
Under stress, the secretion of the endogenous steroids from the suprarenal glands, which produce the macrophages increases, affecting immunity. These bacteria form the basis of dental problems, such as Gingivitis and Periodontitis. The worst part of this is there would not be any bleeding and swelling, which normally happens. In many cases, dental professionals have reported severe cases of tooth decay. This happens when the patient is highly stressed and is least interested in taking care of his/her dental health.
The other problem a person faces during the stressful time is tooth grinding. This dental problem is pretty much common among patients. The fact that most of the patients do not realize they grind or clench their teeth is itself surprising. As per reports, it has been found out that the upper and lower teeth are in contact for 10-20 minutes in a day. However, when someone has the habit of teeth grinding and clenching, the frequency of teeth contact is really high. This condition might lead to:
- The muscles becoming tender and experiencing spasm and fatigue. This leads to frequent headaches in the morning as this problem occurs more while sleeping.
- If you have some dental appliances, such as dental veneers, crowns, and bridges, chances are they might be fractured.
It is therefore important to stay miles away from stress for better dental health and overall health. The key to a stress-free life comes from eating right, getting enough sleep, exercising, indulging in activities that make you happy and keeping a distance from people and things that bring nothing but negativity in your life.