For most of us, the holidays are an extremely stressful time of year. Between the holiday parties, gift shopping and melee that is being in public during this time of year, the holidays can be a nightmare for some.
We know that stress can cause lots of other health issues, but did you know that stress can also cause problems with your smile? It’s true – as much as we hate to admit we are becoming overwhelmed, if we don’t take the time to decompress, it can also lead to a trip to the dentist. How is that for added stress?
Scientists have reviewed more than two dozen studies conducted between 1990 and 2006 to determine whether negative life events and psychological factors might contribute to an increased susceptibility to periodontal, or gum, disease. It has been revealed that the more stressed out you are, the more stress is placed on your oral health. According to the results, 57 percent of the studies found a link between stress, distress, anxiety, depression, and loneliness to periodontal disease. Increased levels or cortisol, which is produced during times of stress, might be a contributing factor in lowering the body’s immunity.
No one wants to develop gum disease, but unfortunately the chances of you developing some type of gum disease in your lifetime is likely. Here are some other factors that increase your risk for periodontal disease:
- Tobacco products
- Systemic diseases, such as diabetes
- Medication such as steroids, anti-epilepsy or cancer therapy drugs, calcium channel blockers and oral contraceptives
- Ill-fitting bridges
- Crooked teeth
- Defective fillings
If you have questions or concerns regarding Stress-related dental issues, contact Dr. Anthony Yamada, DDS at 310-546-2595 to schedule a consultation today, or visit www.anthonyyamadadds.com for additional information.
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