Is There a Connection Between Tooth Decay and Stress?

If someone told you that tooth decay is a stress related disease, you would probably think that they’re not serious. At least that’s how many patients react when I tell them. The stress and the rotting of the teeth don’t seem connected at all, so may people have trouble believing this connection exists.

Bad health and stress are associated more and more in recent decades, and you will notice this connection if you take a look in the available health literature. A high stress level will affect the life quality and will contribute to the deterioration of people’s health. With modern times came the theory of the stress related illness, and that’s all we hear about these days.

What is Stress?

Since people talk so much about stress, it’s only normal that misconceptions about it appear and people don’t always realize what stress is.

Giving an exact definition for stress isn’t an easy feat. There are more than one definitions of stress out there, with some being more popular than others. Like it’s the case with many other definitions, they aren’t always accurate.
One such misunderstood definition is that stress is the same thing as being busy, or having a business.

People use stress to blame their circumstances (family, job) and they think they can’t do anything to fix it. However, that definition isn’t true, as you can be very busy, and still not under a lot of stress. You can have a lot of work and still be content and happy with your job.

Feelings and stress are strongly connected. Being very busy can make you happy that your business is booming. It can also make you stressed, especially when you’re busy because someone else isn’t doing their duties properly. The end result can be resentment towards the work you have to do. You’re busy in both occasions that I just mentioned, but one causes you to be resentful, while the other makes you happy. Any type of emotion that is negative can translate into stress. It can be doubt, worry, bitterness, fear, anxiety, frustration, regret, rage, anger and so on.

Wondering what connection is between tooth decay and stress?

Sugar frequency is what is behind tooth decay in most cases. Sugar frequency is how many times you eat something sugar each day. When you do that, the sugar becomes bacteria in the mouth, and the acid environment acts to damage the tooth’s enamel. In time, defects appear in the surface of the tooth. Once the cavity appears, the acid conditions continue working and making it bigger.

Wondering how is that the fault of stress?

If you think about it, why does someone eat a lot of sugar each day? Usually high frequency means that the person has an addictive habit or behavior, making sugar a reward or comfort in tough times. So, when they feel hurt, upset or under some type of pressure, people comfort themselves by eating something sweet. When people use sweet foods as comfort, when they’re stressed they tend to eat more sweets, and so the teeth are harmed. That’s how tooth decay and stress are connected.

People will want something sweet when they’re stressed, more so than when they’re happy. Think about it for a minute. When do you desire something sweet? When you’re perfectly happy, or when you’re under stress and want something to make it all better?

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