This post from the Center for Dental Anesthesia in Alexandria is about the physical effects of stress. Our doctors remind us to protect ourselves from the dangers of unmanaged stress by eating healthy, exercising regularly, and getting adequate sleep.
We know that we shouldn’t try to relieve stress with overeating, excessive alcohol consumption, smoking, or compulsive spending. (Even though many of us are guilty!)
Stress that is not sensibly managed can influence the heart, nervous system, immune system, and digestive system. It can also affect—you guessed it—your teeth.
The obvious oral health risks are teeth grinding, jaw clenching, smoking, and the overconsumption of sugary foods. But did you know that stress can also exacerbate plaque production, trigger canker sores and increase the risk of gingivitis? Another problem is that when individuals are under excessive stress, they often neglect basic oral hygiene.
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