Ask the Dentists in Pueblo CO: Is Stress Affecting Your Oral Health? PART 2 This two-part article series discusses the impact a highly stressed lifestyle can have upon one’s oral health and hygiene. It also provides healthcare advice. In our previous article post, we began discussing the various oral health-related maladies that a highly stressed lifestyle can cause patients to suffer from. The dentists in Pueblo CO began by talking about mouth sores, both contagious (cold sores or fever blisters) and non-contagious (canker sores.) The dangers of teeth grinding (Bruxism) and jaw clenching, which can cause temporomandibular joint disorders (TMD), were also discussed. In this article, the second installment of the two-part series, dentists in Pueblo CO shall investigate how stress can gravely affect and compromise your good oral health through the following: • • •
Poor oral hygiene A bad diet and eating habits The increased risk of periodontal (gum) disease
Dentists in Pueblo CO: How Stress Affects Your Oral Health •
Poor Oral Hygiene Habits
When you’re stressed and lead an incredibly busy and hectic life, maintaining a rigorous home oral hygiene routine can take a back seat, say dentists in Pueblo CO. Instead of brushing for the recommended two minutes, three times a day, you give your teeth a quick go-over before collapsing exhausted into bed. Stressed people also tend to skip flossing or even brushing altogether! What about those biannual visits with dentists in Pueblo CO? Well they can quite easily be forgotten about. The overall result is that your oral health begins to suffer. If you had healthy teeth and gums before, you may develop gingivitis. If you had oral problems before, they could worsen and develop into periodontal (gum) disease, warn dentists in Pueblo CO. No matter how stressed and busy you are, you should allocate ten minutes of the day in total to take care of your teeth and gums. Nothing deters business like bad breath and a decayed smile! •
A Poor Diet and Eating Habits
A stressed and busy lifestyle also leads to the development of unhealthy eating habits, say dentists in Pueblo CO. Instead of eating three square balanced meals a day, you’ll find yourself snacking on what you can, when you can, followed by gallons of coffee! Since potato chips, chocolates and sugary snacks come in convenient packaging at just about every tiny street
store, they’re most frequently on the menu, say dentists in Pueblo CO. You’ll find yourself eating a diet that is high in sugar and carbohydrates, which are also a bacterium’s favorite indulgences! This, unfortunately, increases your risk of cavities, tooth decay and bacterial infection. No matter how stressed and busy your lifestyle is, make time for a proper sit-down lunch. Give yourself 30 minutes to relax with a healthy and nourishing meal and nip off to the bathroom afterwards to brush your teeth or rinse with an anti-bacterial mouthwash. You’ll feel refreshed and refueled to face the rest of the working day, say dentists in Pueblo CO. •
Periodontal (Gum) Disease
All of the habits discussed above and in the first installment of this two-part article series greatly increase your risk of developing an acute and chronic oral bacterial infection of the gums. Poor oral hygiene habits, an unhealthy diet, a lack of exercise, teeth grinding and habit such as smoking and drinking (which the stressed-out may see as ‘unwinding’), all increase the production of plaque in the mouth. In the long-term and left without the professional attention of dentists in Pueblo CO, you are looking at severe oral health risks. A Final Note from Dentists in Pueblo CO No matter how busy and chaotic your life may be, take the time necessary to look after your teeth and gums. They’re the only ones you’ve got, say dentists in Pueblo CO, and a beautiful and healthy-looking smile is one of your most important personal and business assets!
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Published on Sep 23, 2012
This two-part article series discusses the impact a highly stressed lifestyle can have upon one’s oral health and hygiene. It also provides...