In the book “The Emotion Code” written by a renowned holistic physician and Professor Dr. Bradley Nelson; he skilfully lays bare the inner workings of the subconscious mind. He reveals how emotionally charged events from your past can still be haunting you in the form of “trapped emotions”—emotional energies that inhabit your body. These trapped emotions can fester in your life and body, creating pain, malfunction, and eventual disease. Pent-up emotions take a toll on our mental and physical wellbeing impacting how we think, the choices we make, and the level of success and abundance we can achieve. Perhaps most damaging of all, trapped emotional energies can gather around your heart, cutting off your ability to give and receive love.
Hence, it is only valid to suffice that whatever you do, or however you feel, does impact your Health. Some of the most common symptoms that observed in your mouth are:
Bruxism is referred to as clenching, grinding, gnashing, or gritting the teeth can cause severe damage to the teeth and jaw and may even require reconstructive surgery. The most common cause of bruxism is stress and anxiety. While stress may be unavoidable in our lives, we may respond to stress with negative emotions like negative self-talk, worrying, or even anger and sadness. This build-up of negative emotion causes many to develop a physical condition.
- Gum Disease
Gum disease, or periodontal disease, is caused by bacteria that are found naturally in our bodies. It can wreak havoc in our mouths when we let it get out of control. If your gums bleed when you floss, then you have at least some forms of gum disease.
Your emotional state can impact these bacteria in two significant ways. First, when we allow anxiety to control our state of mind, our immune systems become weak, and it’s hard to keep these bacteria in check. And, second, when people are experiencing depression or extreme sadness, they may not take the best care of their teeth and gums. Both of these will lead to gum disease over a short to moderate time.
- Canker Sores
A canker sore is an extremely painful ulcer that forms at the end of a nerve in your mouth. It may develop one at a time. Or you may experience many at the same time. Canker sores are caused by stress, but other factors can also trigger them.
How can you improve your health?
Just as negative emotion can cause poor oral health, the opposite is also true. By improving our emotional state, we can improve our oral health incredibly.
- Stress management– Learning how to manage stress effectively will help reduce the impact on your health.
- Meditation and Exercise – When we are stressed, the cortisol level in our body gets high. During these times, we can experience discomfort and get anxious. Practicing Meditation and exercising can help in dealing with stress efficiently. Meditation calms the mind and fills up the senses with positivity and radiance. While exercising releases dopamine or the ‘feel-good’ hormone that makes you feel happy and at ease.
- Keeping yourself hydrated– Dehydration puts a lot of stress on the body that can cause toxin accumulation in the body. Combined with emotional stress, dehydration can cause stress reactions to be much worse. So staying hydrated is essential.
- Consume fresh, whole food– The chemicals and lack of nutrition found in most processed foods are well-known to contribute to emotional disorders like depression, anxiety, and ADHD. Eating whole foods can help with the emotional state, which boosts your system with nutrients that you may be lacking.
It is important to remember that our body and mind are interrelated and impact each other in many ways. When we remember that we have to take care of the whole body, we can improve our oral and overall health.