Oral Health Tips For Stress Relief

Dr. Ilya Benjamin

Stress can impact your oral health in certain ways. Stress increases the levels of cortisol in the body. Cortisol is a stress hormone, and too much cortisol in the body can increase your risk of gum disease. 

For some, when life gets extra stressful, it’s easy to turn to emotional eating. Emotional eating can quickly pack on the pounds if you’re not careful. Here are some ways to help you out.

Chewing Gums

Fortunately, chewing a piece of sugar-free gum is a great way to stop yourself from eating too much. Chewing on gum causes the body to produce more saliva. This saliva can wash away food particles and bacteria. It’s also been shown to reduce anxiety.

Avoiding caffeinated beverages

Stress is the body’s natural reaction to certain situations. It can be helpful in some situations, allowing us to react quickly to a dangerous or threatening situation. However, chronic stress can lead to serious health problems. There are several things you can do to relieve stress. Regular exercise, eating a healthy diet, and getting plenty of sleep are all great ways to help reduce stress.

Drinking water

Drinking water helps your body function better, including your oral health. When you drink water, it can help reduce dry mouth, wash away bacteria, and help your saliva do its job. If you are dehydrated, your saliva will not do its job. This can increase the risk of tooth decay, tooth decay, and tooth decay.

Getting enough sleep

Sleep is the time when your body resets itself. Not getting enough sleep can lead to health issues, including weight gain, high blood pressure, and heart disease. It can also affect your mood, making you irritable and anxious.

Create a relaxing bedtime routine. Try to go to bed and wake up at the same time every day. Turn off electronic devices a couple of hours before bed. 

Regular dental cleanings

You can reduce stress in your life with regular dental cleanings. Research shows that oral health problems can compound stress levels. If you suffer a toothache, you may develop headaches and irritability. If left untreated, gum disease can lead to tooth loss and affect self-confidence.

Regular exercise

Physical exercise is proven to have many health benefits, including stress relief. Exercise also promotes good sleep, which is important for your oral and overall health.

In addition to stress relief, maintaining proper oral health habits can help reduce the risk of gum disease and tooth decay. Gum disease is an infection of the gums that can eventually lead to tooth loss. Brushing and flossing regularly can help reduce the plaque and tartar buildup that can cause gum disease or tooth decay.

Call Dream Dental at (725) 234-3106 or schedule an online appointment to visit our dental office at 8685 W Sahara Ave Suite 100, Las Vegas, NV 89117. We will be happy to guide you further.

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Dr. Ilya Benjamin
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