Holiday Greetings from Dr. Thomas Peltzer and Team!
You’ve seen the headlines. It seems like each day people in white lab coats discover some new health anomaly is linked to stress. Now you can add one more to the list: stress is bad for your teeth. (Just one more reason to go on that vacation you’ve put off!)
According to a study printed in the Journal of Periodontology, short term psychological stress can lead to elevated plaque levels, while physical stress is linked to gingivitis (gum disease). What’s more, caregivers helping people under these physical and emotional stresses are also at increased risk for gum disease.
So, how does stress lead to elevated plaque levels and gum disease?
Experts believe chronic stress may lead to a malfunction of some biological functions. Also, those who are struggling with stress and those who care for them often become depressed and slide on oral hygiene, if not giving up on themselves altogether.
Enough of the scientific jargon. How does this affect me?
Virtually all of us find ourselves dealing with excessive stress now and again, and some must deal with it day in and day out for years. It is important that you are aware of the risks associated with this stress so that you can prevent them from wrecking havoc on your teeth (not to mention the rest of you!)
What can I do to prevent gum disease?
Gum disease leads to more than bleeding gums. It can affect the integrity of your teeth and the bone that supports them. If unchecked, gingivitis can lead to loose and missing teeth. When this happens, teeth can often shift. It can be uncomfortable and painful for your bite (not to mention your smile). Brushing at least twice a day and flossing each night are the first step toward protecting yourself from gum disease. Regular dental check-ups and cleanings are also crucial. If you’ve missed an appointment or would like us to create a care schedule for you, call our office at (860)-747-5711.
While these steps can help reduce the risk of stress-related periodontal disease, they don’t resolve the key problem – stress! Exercising and eating right can help, and developing a hobby can be a fantastic release. Talking about it can help as well. Obviously visiting out office for a routine dental checkup and gum disease evaluation is a tremendous solution as well
As always, your health is our primary concern. Do not hesitate to call us at (860)-747-5711 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions about periodontal disease or would like to schedule an appointment to discuss your oral health!
Visit us at www.ConnecticutSedation Dentist.com or call 860-747-5711 in CT at 87 East Street (route 10), Plainville, CT 06062. Dr Peltzer is an honored member of the American Society of Dentist Anesthesiologists (ASDA) and the American Dental Society of Anesthesiology ADSA) and we welcome new patients.