Stress may result in periodontal problems


Do you feel like you are stressed out? Are you working too hard? If you say yes to either one of these questions, please be advised that your teeth and gums will probably be the first thing in your body to show the results of stress. Researchers believe that there is a strong connection between periodontal diseases and psychological problems.

In a report published in the August issue of the journal of periodontology, medical researchers believe that a reduction in stress could also mean healthier teeth and gums. Periodontal diseases are caused mainly because of stress. This report discovered a direct correlation between anxiety, stress, depression, loneliness and teeth/gum problems. Gingivitis or gum inflammation is an example of a periodontal disease.

Cortisol is the main culprit. This is a hormone that is produced by the body when we are stressed out. This particular hormone leads to a rapid destruction of gums and jawbone. The damage to the teeth can be further aggravated by stress if the individual engages in things like eating junk food, smoking, etc. Stress can sometimes cause us to seek relief in these bad activities.

As Preston D. Miller Jr., the president of the American Academy of Periodontology does agree with the above fact:

Individuals with high stress levels tend to increase their bad habits, which can be harmful to periodontal health.

He suggests that patients should get plenty of rest. They should also try to maintain a positive and a healthy attitude. Otherwise the factors like hormonal changes, nutrition, smoking, and certain medications can cause gum problems. I think this specially applies to people working in a 24/7 environment and in important positions. Hopefully, this information will help them reduce the stress level and prevent periodontal diseases.

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