Stress has long been known to trigger the flare-up of all sorts of illnesses. So there’s no surprise that stress impacts periodontal disease.
The thing about stress is that it arrests the body’s autoimmune system and prevents it from effectively fighting off bacteria and other germs. Therefore, when you’re stressed, your body loses its ability to protect itself from anything that can make it weak.
Stress Impacts Periodontal Disease
It is important to point out as well that when the body is ill, the chemistry of the mouth changes. For most people, the mouth becomes dry. A dry mouth is an ideal breeding environment for gum disease-causing bacteria. It goes without saying that where there are more bacteria in the mouth, the delicate balance gets thrown off, making the mouth prone to gum inflammation and bad breath – precursors to periodontal disease.
It is worth noting as well that when a person is stressed, the body becomes greatly acidic. You will notice it in your breath when your body’s acidic. Even if you have brushed your teeth, your breath can smell like acetone – a common sign of high acidity. For the body to be healthy, it should be alkaline.
That is how stress impacts periodontal disease.
Improvements to Help with Periodontal Disease
Beating stress to help treat your periodontal disease is not that difficult. A few lifestyle changes can actually do wonders. Consult with Dr. Farhat on dental products that you can use. Toothpaste and mouthwashes that are specifically formulated for dry mouth always help, for example. These can restore the right pH balance of the mouth.
A change in diet is also helpful. Eating fatty fish rich in omega-3 fatty acids helps because omega-3s have been proven to work against stress hormones. Dark chocolate is also a good treat because it has chemicals that can trigger the release of endorphins (also known as the happy hormones), which fight stress hormones that weaken the body.
Taking health supplements may also yield positive effects because with more nutrients in the system boosting your autoimmunity, you can thwart bacterial action in your mouth.
Life without Stress
A life without stress is certainly ideal, but that is simply hard to achieve. If you want to improve your oral health and prevent periodontal disease from becoming one of your health issues, the best thing to do is to learn to manage stress.
Get some help from your dentist and follow their instructions religiously. Likewise, dedicate a lot of time and effort to personal care. Once you start taking care of yourself more, you will improve your overall health and not get stressed as easily. Visit our blog to learn more oral health tips and tricks.