Did you know that completely eliminating stress from your life is actually harmful to your health? You actually need stress in your life now and then so that your body emits the proper reaction when it’s subjected to a challenging situation.
When your body and mind perceives itself to be entering into a stressful situation, there’s a common reaction among all humans. We secrete the hormone known as cortisol and it makes us feel that common “flight or fight” response and enters the body into a state of survival.
If there’s part of your body that isn’t essential fighting the threat, your body tunes it out to increase energy and strength elsewhere. This is perfect and essential for the short term, but if this continues to occur on a long-term basis, it can be harmful to your smile and your entire body.
Unfortunately, chronic stress is all too common among American adults. This means people are living in a constant of near panic or feeling on “red alert.” This means cortisol levels are at a constant high, leaving the body susceptible to potential damage to your cells and overall chronic inflammation. Your body’s immune system is also at risk because your DHEA hormone release is inhibited making it more difficult to self-heal.
Studies show that stress can play a role in periodontal disease. Experimental & Molecular Medicine highlighted results showing behavioral changes and increased corticosteroid levels in animals with periodontal disease. The animals also experienced jawbone deterioration, decreases in the periodontal pockets or areas surrounding the teeth, and an enhanced inflammatory reaction.
Studies show that people living in a high-stress environment are more susceptible to:
There are so many ways stress can impact your entire body as well as damage your oral health functions. Let’s talk about some ways you can naturally manage your stress, feel better, and look great.
There’s no silver bullet theory for managing stress. It takes a patience and dedication to help you feel calm and relaxed. Please know that the entire holistic dental care team at All About Smiles in Wilmington is here to help you enjoy all the benefits of a healthy smile and a calm state of wellbeing. Give our office a call at (302) 239-1641. We’d be happy to schedule an appointment to discuss your needs and concerns.
It all adds up to better health, smile, body, and spirit!