Our body tells us in many ways that we should slow down: acne problems, hair loss, weight fluctuations, difficulty sleeping… However, stress also manifests itself in one of the most important areas of our face: the smile.

We all know that tooth decay (damage to the enamel caused by acid produced by bacteria) is usually caused by poor hygiene or excessive consumption of sugary foods. While these are still common reasons, there is now a new enemy for your teeth and that is stress.

To learn more about the reasons, Dr. Patrícia Palma Maldonado, founder and director of Clínica P&P, clarifies that “stress causes us to produce less saliva and our PH becomes unbalanced and more acidic. This acidity directly attacks tooth enamel.may lead to cavities”.

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The specialist also explains that they can appear more easily (like other periodontal diseases) because this humor causes a drop in defensesthus weakening our immune system.

Cavities are not the only consequence of stress in our mouths: they are also increases the possibility of suffering from gingivitis (a periodontal disease that manifests itself with inflammation of the gums).

When the body is under stress and anxiety, it produces large amounts of cortisol. Although this hormone has anti-inflammatory effects, when it is produced peripherally in the gums, it stimulates mast cells to produce more proteins that increase inflammation in the region”, details the doctor.

avoid the consequences

The professional recommends a series of tips to avoid that excessive stress leads to serious problems in our oral health. The first and most basic: keep a correct hygiene. Making sure that there are no food residues in the mouth is very important to prevent the appearance of bacteria.

Avoid a diet high in sugar and alcohol, as well as tobacco, are three keys to reducing the appearance of cavities or other consequences. Firstly, alcohol and sugar contain acids that attack the enamel and structure of the teeth, causing periodontal diseases.

On the other hand, smoking has serious effects on our oral health. Not only does it increase the risk of periodontitis by three, it also delays the diagnosis of the disease. It reduces blood flow to the gums and makes them appear paler, which covers up the inflammation.

Finally, they recommend going to a dental clinic often. Regular check-ups are essential to ensure a good smile in the short and long term.

We can carry out cleanings so that tartar and plaque do not accumulate in harmful extremes. What is more, experts can anticipate to all kinds of problems that stress can be causing in our teeth.