Posted on 10/30/2019 by Periodontal Associates
|Researchers have discovered that by managing your stress, you can protect your oral health. This was discovered after about two dozen studies were conducted between 1990 – 2006.
These studies looked at whether stressful life events and psychological disorders contributed to the likelihood of a patient developing gum disease.
The Study's Discoveries
It was discovered that about 57% of patients who were stressed, distressed, anxious, depressed or lonely also suffered from gum disease. Researchers believe this was due to increased amounts of cortisol being present in a person's body. Cortisol is a hormone that your body produces when it's under a lot of stress. It's also blamed for lowering your body's immunity to the point that it's more susceptible to illnesses – including gum disease.
Researchers do admit that people who are under a lot of stress are more likely to engage in bad habits. These habits could also cause the development of gum disease. They include things like smoking, eating foods that are bad for you, and postponing routine dental visits while also not taking good care of their oral hygiene.
How Stressed People Can Improve Their Dental Health
Just because you're under a lot of stress doesn't mean you must have bad oral health. According to the ADA (American Dental Association), there are many things that will increase your risk of developing gum disease.
This includes tobacco use, improperly fitted bridges, and having crooked teeth or defective fillings. Some systemic diseases like diabetes can also lead to gum disease. This is also true of certain medications including calcium channel blockers, steroids, oral contraceptives, anti-epilepsy medications, and drugs used to treat cancer.
It's also possible for you to develop gum disease without even knowing you have it. This is why it's important for you to visit our office on a regular basis. If you don't already have an appointment set up to do so, call and make one today.