Article by Dr. Manuela Mereu
Is it true that stress can lead to tooth loss?
Anxiety, stress and depression often cause sleep disturbances and can lead to worsening of gingivitis and periodontitis.
Stress generates a lowering of the immune defenses, with the modification of interferons and cytokines, causing a general compromise of the defense system against viruses and bacteria. It has been shown that very intense stress alters the composition of the bacterial flora of the oral cavity, causing a worsening of gingivitis, periodontitis and peri-implantitis (infection of dental implants).
Stress causes a change in healthy habits and lifestyles: increase in the number of cigarettes, neglect of daily oral hygiene and periodic check-ups at the dentist.
What are the signs of worsening periodontitis? Gingival bleeding and tooth mobility.
Treating periodontitis acts in positive terms on stress because it leads to the generation of self-confidence and social relationships, improves aesthetics and the safety of implementing non-invasive interventions to avoid losing teeth, surprisingly acts on self-esteem.
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