Can Stress Affect my Dental Health?
Many of us may have reacted by indulging ourselves in eating sweets or carbs, drinking more alcohol, and smoking. Without a gym to go to, we may have cut back on exercise. Doctors and dentists were not always available when we wanted to see them. Even before the pandemic, a third of Americans did not see a dentist twice a year, which is the recommended frequency.
Some anti-depressants and anti-anxiety medications also dry up saliva, which plays a vital role in naturally cleaning the surfaces of the teeth in our mouths and also in fighting certain bacteria. Stress also lowers the immune system’s ability to fight infections of all kinds. It’s no wonder that stress can cause the appearance of cold sores and canker sores.
As you probably know, poor oral health significantly raises the risk for diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and cancer.
If you have not had a full dental exam in the past six months, call Soothing Dental today to set an appointment.