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Are swollen gums caused by stress?
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In brief: No
Stress alone doesn't cause swollen gums.
It is the build-up of plaque and tarter that sets the stage. Stress does contribute to how your body deals with this accumulation. If you are stressed, your body may secrete more cortisol, a substance that helps promote bleeding gums and inflammation, which will cause more swelling.

In brief: No
Stress alone doesn't cause swollen gums.
It is the build-up of plaque and tarter that sets the stage. Stress does contribute to how your body deals with this accumulation. If you are stressed, your body may secrete more cortisol, a substance that helps promote bleeding gums and inflammation, which will cause more swelling.
Dr. Terri Silverman
Dr. Terri Silverman
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Dr. Emmett Miller
Psychiatry
In brief: Possibly
Stress alone is not usually enough.
Poor dental hygiene or an infection should be ruled out.

In brief: Possibly
Stress alone is not usually enough.
Poor dental hygiene or an infection should be ruled out.
Dr. Emmett Miller
Dr. Emmett Miller
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