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Stress: How Does it Affect Your Teeth and Dental Health?

We all know that stress can have negative effects on our physical and mental health, but did you know that it could also have an impact on your dental health? Stress can be caused by many different factors, and it is often a side effect of juggling work with family life in our busy environment. Those who are suffering from stress may not be aware of its damaging effect upon them, but studies show that stress affects almost every aspect of our lives and our health.

With regard to dental health, stress can contribute to many painful and frustrating problems. Localized infections such as cold sores and canker sores are frequently triggered by stress, and the grinding of teeth, also known as bruxism, is a common indicator of stress disorders. Gum disease and ulcers are also often linked with stress, and poor dental hygiene often occurs as a result of feeling stressed and exhausted.

What Can I do to Reduce Stress?

Cutting down on the stress you are living with is the only way to reduce the effects of stress on your mouth and your teeth. Taking measures to eliminate, or at least reduce, the stress you are feeling and to approach your life with more balance will help you to feel healthier and to enjoy life more. It's a great time to be thinking about what is causing your stress and how simple changes can help you.

Simple Ways to De-Stress

  1. Sleep more. Sleep is vital for your body and getting enough sleep will allow your whole system to be restored. Studies show that sleep deprivation is one of the most detrimental factors for your health and your mindset, and you should try to arrange your calendar to ensure that you are getting at least 8 hours of good quality sleep each night. Going to bed and getting up at the same time each day is the healthiest way to ensure good, restorative sleep patterns.
  2. Drink less. Cutting down on caffeine and alcohol will help your system to feel healthy and well, rather than storing up toxins that will stress your body. Try to drink at least 8 glasses of pure water each day, and avoid filling up on sugary or caffeinated drinks.
  3. Learn to relax. Learning to relax and wind down is a very important skill in the busy, modern world, and it will be invaluable in reducing your stress levels. Try yoga or meditation, or relaxation exercises using a CD or download, to help you to let go of the stresses you are feeling and bring yourself to a more peaceful mindset.
  4. Take up exercise. Don't allow your stressful situations to be an excuse not to get out and get moving - it's vital to get your blood pumping and endorphins flowing. Exercising outdoors will also give you a boost of natural light and positive feeling, so try brisk walking, running or swimming for an all over workout.
  5. Treat yourself. Rewarding yourself for your achievements and taking the time to step back and chill out is very important when you're feeling stressed. A deep, hot bath can be a fabulous treat after a long day, and if you know that you can look forward to a relaxing massage at the weekend, your week will feel much less stressful, whatever it throws at you!

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