7 Surprising Signs You're Way Too Stressed
Sore, Bleeding Gums
Tension weakens your immune system, which can allow bacteria in the mouth to gain more of a foothold and eventually cause gum irritation and inflammation, explains Kimberly A. Harms, DDS, consumer advisor for the American Dental Association.
Nix It: Now is not the time to slack off on the brushing twice a day and flossing once, so be sure you do both. For extra protection, use a bacteria-killing mouth rinse to reduce bacteria levels in your mouth. To boost immune function, exercise regularly, get plenty of sleep, eat a balanced, healthy diet, and take a multivitamin. If you're under prolonged stress and your gums are bleeding often, consider seeing your dentist three or four times yearly for a cleaning and checkup instead of just biannually.
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