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Inflammation, Stress, and Oral Health

June 14, 2013

general dentistryLife moves faster than it ever has. As a result, many of us are more stressed now than ever before. For some, that stress comes from the pressure to always stay connected. For others, it may come from finances. Regardless of where it comes from, though, it can affect your wellbeing, including your oral health.

That’s because when you become stressed, it becomes more difficult for the body to regular inflammation. In and of itself, inflammation isn’t a bad thing—in fact, it is part of the immune response. When it works as it should, it can be beneficial. But when it gets out of control, it can become a weapon the body uses against itself. And one of the targets it uses it against just so happens to be your smile, as the ADG reported last year.

What this means for patients of Dr. Martin is that managing stress is important. Just as important are regular visits and a great at-home routine. We recommended seeing us every six month, plus a routine that includes brushing twice a day, flossing at least once, and rinsing with a fluoride or antibacterial mouthwash.

Ready to schedule your next appointment with Dr. Martin and his Scottsdale team? Call us today. We provide care for patients from Phoenix, Paradise Valley, Fountain Hills, and beyond.

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