Stress is something that affects all of us. It’s natural, but excessive stress can affect more than just your mental health. So, why does stress increase bad breath? Dr. Harold Katz had this to say on the matter.
“It’s well documented that stress can have a huge impact on our general health and can cause a plethora of physical conditions, such as heart disease and obesity, as well as serious mental health disorders such as anxiety and depression.” – Dr. Harold Katz
“Specifically, when taking our oral health in to account, stress can really take its toll and be attributed to various oral health issues including bad breath, gum disease and mouth ulcers to name a few.” – Dr. Harold Katz
There are multiple reasons bad breath may cause stress. Confirmation bias is one of the largest culprits. When you experience bad breath, you expect others to react a certain way. You ignore all the other ways that other people treat you and focus on one small aspect. Even if someone tries to help by offering a piece of gum, it can hurt. This will further decrease your self-confidence. The most important thing to do in this case is it to find a solution to your bad breath.
However, did you know that it can happen in reverse? Stress may increase your bad breath. When you are under stress, your body reacts as a means of protection. You body goes into a “fight or flight” mode, so your body tries to conserve energy. You might produce less saliva, and saliva is key in keep your mouth fresh and clean.
We’ve discussed mental health and oral health before. You can check out that blog post here. If you would like to learn even more about mental health and its connection to bad breath, you can check that out here. Hopefully, this post has helped you understand the connection between bad breath and stress.