Everyone gets stressed at times. Maybe you’re going through some life changes, are worried about a situation or just can’t seem to get through everything on your to-do list. These overwhelming feelings can not only be tough on your mental health — they can also take a toll on your body.
That’s because when you feel stressed, your body produces increased levels of a hormone called cortisol. High levels of cortisol make you more prone to oral health problems such as gum disease, canker sores, cold sores and teeth grinding.
But the effects don’t end there. Stress can also drain your energy and make it more difficult to sleep. You may experience headaches, weight gain and trouble concentrating or remembering things. Research has also linked high levels of stress with infections, high blood pressure, diabetes and osteoporosis.