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Chronic Stress Could Lead to Onset of Systemic Illness Such As Periodontal Disease

Posted May 22 2011 6:13pm

Stress has been a natural part of life since the beginning. Sometimes you might experience a positive stressor, one that builds you up and motivates you. At other times stressors are negative and wear the body down. In small doses negative stress has little impact on your overall health. Chronic stress however wears heavily on the body and can lead to systemic illness.

Among the different systemic illnesses your stress could be bringing your way there is likely one you wouldn’t think of. The onset of periodontal disease is among the systemic diseases that have been directly linked to stress.   Gum disease is categorized as chronic inflammation of the soft tissue of the oral cavity as a result of bacteria build-up on the gum line.

Once this inflammation has set in a chain reaction begins starting at the gum line pulling away from your teeth. This eventually leads to bone deterioration and tooth loss. If left untreated gum disease causing bacteria enter the blood stream and travels to other areas of the body, resulting in increased risk for heart disease, diabetes and chronic kidney disease.

Practical Strategies to Reduce Your Stress Level

·          Regular exercise – it has been proven time and time again that exercise is a natural and effective stress reducer. By deciding on a regular daily routine you can offer a safe out for the daily stressors of everyday life. This routine can be as simple as a 20 minute walk around the neighborhood or a bike ride in your favorite park. Anything that gets your mind distracted and your heart pumping will begin to peal the stress away one layer at a time.

·          Healthy diet – What better way to eliminate stress than healthy eating habits. Be sure to consume the daily recommended amount of fresh vegetables and fruits as well as much needed oils, proteins and fibers. Your body needs a well-balanced diet to properly eradicate stress induced hormones that lead to inflammation and systemic illness.

·          Stress management techniques – In addition to eating well and regular exercise it’s critical to establish a stress management plan. This needs to be something that will effectively calm you down during your most stressful times. Some find it helpful to take five minutes and breathe and others enjoy a brisk walk or classical music. Whatever you need to help your reduce stress on demand should become a normal part of your stress reduction plan.

·          Appropriate amount of sleep – Sleep is one of those things a body needs to rejuvenate from the days stress however it seems to be the most neglected physical need. The average American sleeps less than 5 hours a day, claiming they either can’t sleep or don’t have enough hours in the day.   Sleep is vital to a healthy system and deprivation can actually increase your stress. If you’re having trouble sleeping contact your doctor to discuss possible solutions.

Modern Advances In Treating Gum Disease

If you are suffering from gum disease you can take steps to reverse the disease. Begin with stress reduction techniques and make any changes necessary in your daily routine.   Then schedule for an evaluation of your teeth and gums.   With today’s advances in dental practices you can treat any stage of gum disease with minimal discomfort and the highest level of success.

One of those advances is through the use of laser therapy. Gone are the days when you had to suffer through several painful surgeries to remove plaque and infection. Using a laser your Periodontist can painlessly remove these foreign substances without actually cutting the gums.   You will experience a shorter recovery time and fewer visits.

Once your treatment is complete you’ll want to follow your Periodontists after care instructions carefully. Though effective laser therapy won’t keep gum disease away without your help. You’ll need to ensure thorough oral hygiene and regular dental care. Maintaining a lifestyle of reduced stress is equally important to reduce the risk of repeated illness.

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