Gingivitis is an inflammation of the tissue in the mouth, the gums. It is a form of periodontal disease and is related to long-term plaque formation on the teeth.
Stress has the following effects (related to the hormones and chemicals released as a result):
- Increasing inflammation
- Decreasing immune function
- Hormonal changes
- Weight gain and cravings
- Negative life habits (stress triggers sweet cravings trumping our health efforts)
- Blood sugar deregulation
Plaque is formed by bacteria, mucus, and food debris that develop on your teeth. It is associated with chronic infections (systemic), pregnancy (hormones), and blood sugar issues. As noted above, stress results in all three of these areas.
Furthermore, it affects your decisions for self-care and food chooses. It is well known that sugar and processed foods can create an imbalance in the pH and microflora of the mouth, affecting bacterial growth.