Stress is a risk factor and an indicator for periodontal disease. You feel it in your neck, your shoulders, your back, and your gums.
Reports in the Journal of Periodontology found a strong relationship between stress, distress, anxiety, depression, loneliness, financial strain, and periodontal disease.
Stress makes it difficult for our bodies to fight all infections, including periodontal disease. It causes people to indulge in bad habits that lead to periodontal disease, such as smoking, drinking alcohol, using drugs, eating unhealthy foods, not brushing and flossing their teeth, and avoiding dental professionals.
Deal with stress in active and practical ways (problem-focused) instead of using avoidance techniques (emotion-focused) and you will have less risk of severe periodontal disease.
What I know for sure is that it's all connected.
To your health!
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