While Winnipeg is colloquially known as “Winterpeg” we know that the cold months don’t help with any stress you’re feeling. And even though it’s starting to warm up that doesn’t mean the stress is going anywhere. According to Statistics Canada, stress is on the rise, with 73% of all working adults reporting at least some level of stress. So, we want to highlight the importance of looking after your mental health this National Stress Awareness Month.
Stress comes in many shapes and forms, and can be caused by many different factors that can be internal or external. Internal factors include your daily nutrition, fitness level, sleep habits and overall health, while external factors include your home and work environment, social interactions and life experiences.
According to Mayo Clinic, when your body undergoes stress, you have high risks of getting these health concerns:
Although stress is mostly known for the health problems mentioned above, it can also affect your dental health directly and indirectly.
When a person is stressed, one of the first things that gets forgotten or pushed aside is dental health. This is an indirect effect where, depending on how a person reacts to stress, their dental health declines due to poor dental hygiene.
Another issue that arises if you are in prolonged levels of stress, is that your blood pressure may increase and your immune system may be suppressed.
So, how do these directly affect our dental health?
When you have a lowered immune system, bacteria growth can increase causing infections to form in your mouth. One of these oral problems are canker sores, which are small red-and-white ulcers. Because of this lowered immune system, stress can also increase your chances of getting gum disease.
Dry mouth can also be an outcome of stress and increased anxiety by affecting how much saliva you produce. It is also a common side effect of depression medications.
Teeth grinding or bruxism is another direct effect of stress. This is when you unconsciously grind your teeth while sleeping, which can make an unpleasant sound, potentially damage your teeth, and cause other health issues.
Protect your mouth from teeth grinding with our custom-made mouth guards. If you don’t know where to start, book a consultation with one of our amazing dentists, and they can help you find the treatment plan made for you and your smile. We are located in Garden City Shopping Centre and St. Vital Centre.
Here are some tips on how you can help keep the stress away: