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Poor Cleaning Habits

What happens. Being under extreme stress may affect your mood and cause you to skip brushing, flossing, and rinsing.

If you don't take good care of your mouth and teeth, you raise your chances of getting cavities or gum disease.

When you're stressed, you may also pick up some unhealthy eating habits, such as snacking on sugary foods or drinks, which raises your odds of tooth decay. In the long run it can boost your chances of gum disease.

What to do: Remind yourself that cleaning your teeth and eating healthy can stop you from needing to go to the dentist to fill cavities. It may help motivate you to make changes. Brush at least twice a day, and floss every day. Use an antibacterial mouth rinse twice a day.

Get into a regular exercise routine. It can relieve stress, rev up your energy levels, and encourage you to eat healthier.

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