Stress is one of the leading problems of today. More than 80% of modern society has at least one indicator of stress. Increasing health concerns, economic uncertainty, job struggles, depression, are just some of the causes of stress. We know that stress negatively affects our mental health, but stress also damages our teeth and gums.
The effects of stress on oral health include:
- dry mouth syndrome, aphthae
- gnashing of teeth (bruxism)
- poor oral hygiene and unhealthy eating habits
- periodontitis or worsening of existing gum problems
Unpleasant sores in the mouth are mainly the result of a weakened immune system, vitamin B deficiency and high levels of stress. They most often appear on the moving parts of the oral mucosa (tongue, cheek mucosa, lip mucosa), are very painful and cause difficulty in eating, swallowing and even speech. Sores usually go away on their own, after 10 to 14 days.
In many people, stress can also manifest in a dry mouth or reduced saliva production. As saliva is the first line of defense against microorganisms, it consequently leads to the increased development of caries, but also periodontal diseases. Another unpleasant consequence of dry mouth is bad breath. Bacteria in the oral cavity produce unpleasant-smelling acids, and when there is no saliva to wash them away, those smells are more intense.