Stress is a physical reaction to an environmental stimulus, often leading to psychological changes. The body’s physiological response to stress typically includes increased blood pressure and heart rate, decreased immune system function, and increased muscle tension. In the body, stress triggers the “fight or flight” syndrome, which prepares your body to fight off a threat or run away. The stress response is automatic and necessary for survival in times of danger. However, when stress occurs over long periods of time, it can become harmful to your oral health and overall health as well.
When you feel stressed, your body releases hormones that affect your whole body. These imbalances can lead to various health problems, including gum disease. When your gums are inflamed due to periodontal infections, you are much more likely to experience bleeding gums when you brush or floss. Furthermore, if you are worried about the health of your teeth because you are stressed out about something else, you are less likely to practice good oral hygiene. It is important to be proactive about your dental health to reduce the risk of developing oral health problems due to stress. Brushing and flossing regularly can help keep your teeth and gums healthy regardless of stress. Additionally, getting professional cleanings and exams can help ensure your mouth is healthy.
There are a few things you can do to reduce your stress levels and promote good oral health at the same time. Unfortunately, there’s no magic bullet for living a completely stress-free life. But maintaining a healthy lifestyle and making stress management a priority in your life can help mitigate the effects of the stress you feel on a daily basis. Getting enough sleep, managing chronic illnesses, exercising regularly, and eating a well-balanced diet can all go a long way toward reducing your overall stress levels. Find a coping mechanism that works for you so you can manage feelings of stress when they arise without letting them get out of control. And if you find that managing your stress on your own isn’t enough, consider seeking professional help from a therapist.
Find out more about oral health by scheduling an appointment at the Rio Rancho Family Dental Care clinic. Call us at (505) 891-4510 or drop in at our dental office, located at 4041 Ridge Rock Rd SE, Rio Rancho, NM 87124.