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Stress is a natural part of life. Everyone experiences it. However, sometimes we let it take over, and this can actually reap havoc on our health. So how exactly does it affect your oral health?

Painful Conditions

Emotional stress can cause many painful conditions with in your mouth, if you do not manage it adequately! Many times, people experience canker stores or cold sores due to a stressful period in their life.

When a person is stressed, they may  not even be aware of the tension that they hold constantly in their jaw. This can lead to grinding teeth, and even further, temporomandibular joint disorder, or what we call TMD.  Furthermore, clenching your jaw means clenching her teeth, which can affect the functionality of your teeth, and the appearance of your smile.

Gum Disease

For people with unhealthy stress management, gum disease can be prevalent, or even made worse if it is an existing condition. Since it takes a toll on your immune system, gum disease is harder to fight off and control.

It is vital not only for your overall health, but for your oral health as well to manage stress in a healthy way. Finding the technique that works for you to push past stress will not only make you happier, but will keep you healthy simultaneously.

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