Stress can leave us feeling exhausted and with knots in our stomachs. But can stress also have a negative impact on our dental health, too? According to three researchers from the Tufts’ Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences, stress may increase the chances of developing periodontal disease. This ground breaking new hypothesis may change our approach to treating periodontal disease.

A Surprising Discovery

During his career, Associate professor of periodontology and former Greek Air Force dentist Evangelos Papathanasiou noticed that people under high levels of stress tend to exhibit bleeding gums and other symptoms of gum inflammation. Working with two other pathobiologists, Papathanasiou published a review in October of 2013. They explain that in addition to bacteria, the body’s own immune response can accelerate the onset of periodontal disease. People under emotional stress may end up triggering an overwhelming immune response in their gums, which inadvertently accelerates the development of periodontal disease.

Signs to Watch For

How do you know if you’re at risk? There are a number of common warning signs of periodontal disease to watch for, including:

  • Bleeding gums
  • Sore gums
  • Red gums
  • Bad breath
  • Receding gums

If you recognize one or more of these symptoms, then contact us to schedule your consultation.

Treating Periodontal Disease

We will first diagnose the cause and severity of your periodontal issues then provide you with the most effective treatment options available. Our team prides itself on the care and education we are able to provide to our patients based on our in-depth knowledge of and experience in periodontal treatment. We employ the latest advancements in technology that assist in diagnosis and treatment of gum diseases and results in improved healing time and overall oral health.

Contact us to schedule your consultation with one of our specialists today.


About Periodontics Associates

With years of hands-on experience and focused training in surgical and non-surgical approaches to periodontal care, Dr. M. Randal Comeaux and Dr. Bryan S. Pearson provide exceptional care that places patient comfort first. We are passionate about periodontal health, and we will take the time to get to know you and discuss your condition and treatment options in detail. Contact our Lafayette, LA office at (337) 989-0267 or our Opelousas, LA satellite office at (800) 821-6503. We proudly serve patients throughout Acadiana.