5 Ways Stress Can Affect Your Oral Health
Did you know that your oral health can be affected by stress? Yes, a headache, a stomachache and apprehensions signifies stress. But there is more to it this. Stress can cause quite a bit of problems on your teeth, gums and mouth. Your overall oral health is being affected by stress! And the affects you will be encountering are not pleasant at all.
Here are 5 oral conditions that can develop or get worsen with stress.
- Mouth Sores canker Sore or Aphthous ulcer
Stress can bring about two types of mouth sores, the canker sores and the cold sores. Canker sores are small ulcers in the mouth with white, often times grayish, base and may have a reddish border. These sometimes can be solo, or in pairs and even more in some cases.
The cause of canker sores are really not determined at the moment. It can be a virus, bacteria or immune system problem. One thing is for sure though and that is if you are stressed there is a greater chance of developing this condition. It is not contagious, but it is very painful and it can go on for a couple of weeks before it disappears. Over the counter topical anesthetics are the only way to help you deal with the discomforts you will feel. Don’t eat foods that may irritate it more like spicy foods, citrus fruits, tomatoes or other foods that have high acid compound.
Unlike canker sores with unknown origin, cold sores, on the other hand, are caused by a virus called herpesCold Sore or Herpes