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Does reducing stress prevent sore, swollen, and bleeding gums?

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Being stressed out raises levels of the stress hormone cortisol, increasing the likelihood of inflammation throughout your body, including in your gums.

SOURCES:

American Academy of Periodontology: "Gum Disease: What You Need to Know."

FDA: "Fighting gum disease: How to keep your teeth."

National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, "Periodontal (gum) disease: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatments."

CDC: "Oral Health: Preventing cavities, gum disease and tooth loss."

University of Maryland Medical Center: "Oral Health: Brushing and toothpaste."

American Dental Association: "Common mouth sores."

American Cancer Society: "What about sore mouth, gum and throat problems?"

Reviewed by Michael Friedman on January 15, 2018

SOURCES:

American Academy of Periodontology: "Gum Disease: What You Need to Know."

FDA: "Fighting gum disease: How to keep your teeth."

National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, "Periodontal (gum) disease: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatments."

CDC: "Oral Health: Preventing cavities, gum disease and tooth loss."

University of Maryland Medical Center: "Oral Health: Brushing and toothpaste."

American Dental Association: "Common mouth sores."

American Cancer Society: "What about sore mouth, gum and throat problems?"

Reviewed by Michael Friedman on January 15, 2018

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