Nothing is certain in this world, except for death and taxes — and
stress. Stress can lead to anxiety disorders, panic attacks, and lack
of sleep. But, did you know that stress can also affect your oral health?
How can you manage stress?
Learn your own stressors. Everyone experiences stress in different ways. You may have a hard time
making decisions, feel angry, and irritated, or lack energy. Once you
find out, it’ll be easier for you to learn how to gauge your stress signals.
Find healthy ways to deal with stress. There are plenty of stress-reducing activities to take part of. Consider
meditation, yoga, hiking, or simply talking things out with a friend.
Keep in mind that changing your behaviors can take some time, so don’t
overwhelm yourself by fixing everything at once.
Take care of yourself. No matter how hectic life may get, it’s important to remember to
schedule some ‘me-time’ in order to keep your mind and body
happy and healthy.
How does stress affect your oral health?
Stress doesn’t only affect our mind and bodies, researchers have
found a significant link between stress and our oral health. Stress is
a contributing factor to many dental problems, including:
- Canker sores.
- Dry mouth.
- Temporomandibular joint disorders (TMJ).
- Gum disease.