Are you suffering from gastritis? Do you have neck aches, shoulder pains, headaches very often? Unexplained ulcers in your mouth? If yes, you must go on reading. Today we’re going to talk about a very important topic: the role of stress.
All of us or most of us do suffer from stress. When I ask people about this question “do you have stress?” They will say “no I don’t have stress” or most people say stress is normal, these days everybody has. But that isn’t the true answer. Stress is not normal and the other thing that I want to bring to your notice is, stress always need not be negative. So it’s not a negative connotation when we talk about stress.
A lot of out performers or achievers go through something called as positive stress. When their bodies and minds have to perform, they go through what is called as positive stress. But whether positive or negative, your body and especially your mouth goes through certain changes which are very significant, and can affect not just your oral health but will go on to affect your general health.
Signs of having stress.
One of the first things that you will have to notice in yourself is doing a habit which is called as clenching or grinding. It’s not a lot of sound or cluttering of your teeth. It can be as simple as you know just your jaw muscles moving or your teeth coming in contact when you’re thinking about something, or when you’re doing some work where your mind is involved.
Signs that you have to look for or your dentist will look for in the mouth can show that you’re going through some sort of stressful activity. Cracks could be find on small areas of your teeth which are being chipped off and none of this are recognized by your own examination. Sometimes you may have sensitivity once in a while and you may just ignore it. But it is very imperative that you realize the impact of stress on not just your oral health but also on your general health.
What happens when you get stressed?
When you get stressed, the first thing that happens is your mouth will become dry. When your mouth becomes dry, the effect of saliva which is to clean your mouth reduces thereby, increasing the chances for you to develop tooth decay. So a lot of people who have tooth decay may not even realize that. “I brush my teeth. I do everything.” But are you anxious? Do you have stress? Do you go through these emotional turbulences which can also impact your eating habits?
Eating habits or diet plays a very important role in your oral health and in your general health. So the moment your eating pattern changes, everything in your body will change including the way your mind will think. You’ll start developing gastritis because of these problems. When you start having more and more stress or anxiety, you will start clenching or grinding your teeth which will in turn result in you having headaches, neck aches, back aches, shoulder pain, lower back pain, imbalance in the body, or sometimes pain in your ears.
How to do with stress?
Most people go on to visit either an orthopedic surgeon or a neurologist and rarely or never visit a dentist. But this is got to do with dental problems or this anxiety or stress has led to a severe dental problem which has resulted in all these pains. So it is very important that you recognize these minor subtle aspects that are happening in your life and ensure that you visit a dentist and be clear understand yourself first. That is a very important aspect.
Don’t ignore stress. Unexplained ulcers in your mouth can be the first sign for you to detect whether you’re going through a major stress factor in your life. And dentists can help you achieve that optimal health by making sure that your oral health is okay.