We all know that stress affects the heart and the head, but latest news has it that stress can damage the teeth and gums as well.
Experts say, that stress is indicated also by the mouth, gums and teeth. While some can have trouble from mouth sores, others may clench and grind their teeth or suffer gum disease.
Mohali-based Dentist Dr Rajeev Sharma, is of the opinion that stress-associated gum disease can trigger bone loss in the jaw as well as result in loss of teeth. Therefore, it is important to evolve healthy ways of beating stress and take care of ones teeth.
Grinding teeth, medically termed as bruxism, can lead to chipping of teeth, tiredness of jaws, and headaches. Relaxation techniques such as meditation and use of mouth guards can help to a great extent.
Often, when we are stressed, we may give brushing or flossing a miss. This leads to improper oral hygiene. The ideal way is to combat stress with exercise, which elevates the mood and helps energize the body. This will leave us with more energy and interest to ensure oral hygiene.
It is imperative to brush the teeth twice a day with a good fluoride containing toothpaste. It is also important to visit the Dentist regularly for a routine checkup. Consumption of healthy food is a must to improve dental health.