What stress is doing to your oral health

When you’re stressed, the last thing you want to worry about is your teeth.

For some, stress can lead skipping out on brushing or flossing altogether, while others develop habits of teeth-grinding.

Dr. Bruce Ward, a dentist and spokesperson for the British Columbia Dental Association, told Global News that when people are stressed, they often don’t even think about oral health.

“That’s one of the first things to go,” he said. “People basically stop taking care of their teeth because they’re stressed out.”

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Ward shared a story of a former patient who had developed mouth ulcers and flared-up lips. As it turns out, her stress was suppressing her immune system, allowing bacteria to cause infections.

“It’s another one you really have no control over if you got the bacteria there,” Ward said.

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