The Unmistakable Connection Between Stress and Bad Breath

December 13, 2007 by  
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Did you know that there is an unmistakable connection between stress and bad breath?

It’s true—research studies have revealed that subject that are placed under great physical or emotional stress are much more likely to suffer from bad breath. If you are prone to getting stressed, beware that you could be bargaining for more than just a mind full of worries. You could also be giving your mouth (and everyone around you) more to worry about. That is, stress begets stress. So the best solution is to try to relax and deal with the problem straight on.

Why Does Stress Cause Bad Breath? The Physiological Connection

Recent research studies have indicated that stress, along with many other factors, may also be responsible for triggering the symptoms of bad breath. In fact, many doctors now believe that stress is one factor that is almost universally present in most cases of bad breath. This is because stress tends to dry the mouth. Dry mouth is haven for bacteria. Bacteria and germs love a dry mouth. When your mouth goes dry, this tends to aggravate your bacteria and bad breath. During repeated research testing, it was found that stressful situations can actually induce bad breath in some subjects.

What Can You Do to Keep Stress—and Bad Breath—at Bay?

Clearly, stress affects all parts of your body. When most people get stressed, they can feel their pulse quickening, they feel their heart beating in their chest, their palms may become sweaty, and there mouth may get dry. When your mouth gets dry, that’s where the bad breath germs like to make their entrance. But it doesn’t have to be this way. There are plenty of things you can do to keep your stress, and thus your bad breath, under control.

Yoga, Herbal Supplements, Breathing Exercises – Proven Stress Reducers

Are you looking to relax, de-stress, and get that bad taste out of your mouth? If that is what you are looking for, you should know that there are myriad things you can do to calm down the stress factor and get that horrible taste out of our mouth. Physical activity, whether it be running or yoga, should be your first option. Current research shows that physical activity can reduce stress and lower depression significantly. Physical activity is a lot cheaper than prescription medication, and a lot better for you too. If you want to complement your de-stressing routine with supplements, consider taking a stress-reducing herbal supplement that works holistically with your exercise routine. Aromatherapy can be helpful in de-stressing and in helping you combat the stress of the bad breath blues.

Women Can Be Particularly Susceptible to Stress and Bad Breath

Women are more likely to receive kind of physiological double whammy in the sense that they are more prone to feeling the effects of stress, and they are also more likely to suffer from some kind of halitosis during their menstrual period. Women who suffer from painful menstruations, current research indicates, may be even more susceptible to experiencing halitosis.

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