It’s not a secret that extreme or prolonged amounts of stress can negatively affect your mental and physical health, can lead to feeling poorly or just unhappy overall. Equally important but unfortunately less talked about is the negative effects stress can also have on your oral health.
Everyone wishes for a completely stress-free life, but life comes with many responsibilities and important experiences that can sometimes cause stress to develop. It’s often hard to avoid, but do your best to steer clear of unnecessarily stressful situations or people! In addition, employing some stress relieving tactics throughout your day or week can help take the edge off and leave you feeling better in all aspects of your life.
It’s not just about being less grumpy or reducing headaches, which are great improvements also, but you can get potential serious oral health issues if you don’t take a step back and decompress every now and then. Here are some symptoms that you might develop from extended exposure to stressful situations:
So now that you are familiar with the symptoms, it’s possible you can identify with maybe one or two on the list. After all, stress is not an uncommon thing to suffer from. In fact, most adults feel they are overwhelmed at work or home and are overly stressed out. That’s why it is excruciatingly important to remember to take some time to distress and unwind! Your body, your mind, and your mouth will thank you. Here are some tips for decompressing and taking a load off to lower your anxiety and stress levels.
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In cases where patients are suffering from dire health problems brought out by an unhealthy amount of stress in their life, big changes will need to be considered. It can be hard, especially if the stress is stemming from work or school, but sometimes cutting back on overworking yourself can make all the difference. In the long run, being able to take things on with a clear, distressed attitude can help you get more done, faster. Plus, you don’t have to deal with the added hassle of having to treat serious oral problems like gingivitis, infections, or periodontal diseases.
It’s okay to admit that you’ve fallen behind on your oral health care routine due to stress. Dr. Lloyd Beaufils will provide you with attentive and compassionate care every step of the way. Beaufils Dental offers a wide variety of services, from cosmetic dentistry to restorative procedures, like dental implants.