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Can Stress Cause Gum Inflammation?


Posted on 3/25/2018 by Alexandria Schwei
Gum Inflammation Premier Valley Dental AZ 85014Stress affects a big part of our population, and stress not only takes away the smile on our faces, but also makes our mouth and teeth look sickly and just feel terrible.

Stress can, directly and indirectly, harm our bodies and the longer you are under stress, the bigger the damage would be and the harder it would be to change to a different mindset or environment that is helpful for your physical and mental health.

Having a good work and life balance as well as proper stress management can go a long way in your journey to a better you, and knowing how stress can affect your dental health can motivate you even further in making sure that you are enjoying life to its fullest.

Stress and Gums

More than 50% of research about gum diseases found out that stress is one of the major causes of weak gums as well as the source of bad habits that further aggravates the said gum diseases.

For instance, those with anxiety problems are more than likely to have bruxism, or what is commonly known as teeth grinding or jaw clenching. Bruxism can definitely affect the health of gums due to the fact that there will be constant pressure and activity while the patient is still sleeping.

People who are suffering from depression can either have too much or too little nutrient intake. This surplus or lack of nutrients will jeopardize the immune system, as well as making tissues and muscles weaker. Another problem would be how someone manages their stress.

Eating out can be a very fun activity, however, if you eat out a lot, your mouth, teeth, and gums will have more work for them and will hasten the effects of wear and tear.

People who are under stress would also have weaker immune systems, which makes them more susceptible to gum diseases. If you are worried about your dental health, please visit our clinic and let us help.
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