A certain amount of stress is a normal part of life, but too much stress can negatively affect your oral health. When stressed, the body releases chemicals into the bloodstream to help the body cope. The body uses different organs to eliminate these chemicals, including the salivary glands. The stimulated glands produce additional saliva, which washes away food particles and neutralizes acids in foods, helping to protect the teeth from decay.
With chronic stress, however, the stimulation of the salivary glands becomes excessive, and the glands may have trouble keeping up with the amount of saliva produced. This can lead to a dry mouth. Saliva is important for healthy teeth because it helps to wash away plaque and bacteria and keeps the mouth cool and moist.
If you have trouble managing your stress levels in healthy ways, consider speaking with a medical professional who can help. In the meantime, try drinking plenty of water throughout the day to stay hydrated and rinsing with a fluoride mouthwash to help strengthen the teeth and fight off bacteria. You can also practice good dental hygiene by brushing twice a day for two minutes each time and flossing every day.
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