Your teeth are among the most valuable part of the Human Body. Not only does it enhances your appearance, but it can also promote good oral health as well.
Sadly, though, many persons do not fully appreciate this. They often damage their teeth by not maintaining simple oral hygiene, among other factors, such as alcohol and drug abuse. The end result is that over a period of time the teeth can begin to erode and fall out, which does not beautify one’s appearance and can even endanger their oral heath and life as well.
But there is another important factor that most people do not consider is the cause of poor dental health: stress. Yes, stress is another major cause why many persons are plagued with serious dental-related issues.
How can stress be the cause of poor dental health? It is noteworthy that in recent times, more and more doctors are linking poor oral health to stress. We all encounter stress; some stress is even good for the body, but prolonged stress can be dangerous, not just to our heart, which many people tend to assume, but also our teeth, which most people either are unaware of or they may be ignorant of such a fact.
How, specifically, can stress affect our oral health? In various ways. What are those various ways? It can cause such oral-related conditions such as:
-Canker Sores: These are sores in the mouth, which can be very painful
-Bruxism: Bruxism is the grinding of the teeth; this can lead to eventual tooth damage. Some dentists have prescribed a night guard to protect one’s teeth from the above condition
-Dry Mouth: This is when the mouth doe not produce enough saliva; this can cause chronic dryness of the mouth. Of course, this does not necessarily mean that stress is a factor; side effects from certain medications can also be a problem.
-Burning Mouth Syndrome: This is a condition in which a person feels a burning sensation of the mouth,tongue, lips or gums.
-Gum Disease: This is a dental disease in which the person can develop bad breath, which can be due to stress, but it can also be the result of poor dental hygiene as well.
So, caring for one’s teeth is a matter of the utmost importance. By allowing stressful situations dominate our lives, in the long run it can have a detrimental effect, not just on our oral or dental health, it can also endanger our lives. For instance, many dentists now realize that not properly caring for one’s teeth can also lead to heart attacks. The germs in one’s teeth can travel into the bloodstream, which can collect or build up over a period of time, eventually blocking the arteries connected to the aorta, which is connected to the heart, leading to myocardial infarction, otherwise known as a heart attack.
How can one reduce stress to promote good dental health? One powerful factor to this end is to refrain from the use of tobacco and alcohol, which many dentists acknowledge leads to such problems. Another is to avoid engaging in overly stressful activities. And above all, also remember to brush and floss regularly. It also helps to see your dentist regularly as well.
Good dental health-the only person that can maintain it is you.
Contributed courtesy of Mark J Andrews DDS, a cosmetic and restorative dentist located in Cary, North Carolina.