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Stress Can Affect Your Smile Too

Stress generally interferes with your desire to smile, but new research indicates that stress may actually have a detrimental impact on your gums. And that is definitely not worth smiling about.

Researchers found 57% of recent studies reviewed showed a relationship between gum disease and stress as well as related psychological symptoms like distress, anxiety, depression, and loneliness. While researchers have not been able to pinpoint the connection, they do have 2 strong theories.

First, elevated levels of the stress hormone cortisol may be the major culprit. In addition, stress may make people more lax about their oral health habits. When stressed, people tend to take up or increase bad habits involving use of nicotine, alcohol, or drugs.

Fit's Tip: Next time you are stressed try flossing your teeth for a little pick me up. I swear it helps your mood and your gums.


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AlliJean AlliJean 9 years
I grind my teeth at night when I get stressed, which I guess is also very common. I didn't even know it until a few months ago! Now I wear a mouth guard at night. Very dorky but I want to keep my teeth pretty!
ktacce ktacce 9 years
that is one scary picture accompanying this article.
JBlondie JBlondie 9 years
Great tips! I always keep floss in my desk drawer (I know, totally dorky) So now when people say they are stressed...I will offer them some floss! LoL
ktjones ktjones 9 years
Good to know...I am always stressed. I need to work on de-stressing myself!
beingtazim beingtazim 9 years
how interesting! Thanks for the tip - i'm off to floss now (not because i'm sad but because i normally forget to!)
sophie06 sophie06 9 years
that's true. A while back, i was under alot of stress due to some probs, that my gums self bleed. Perhaps u can read here to know more about stress.
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