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Trauma & Narcissism Redefined

Jul 9, 2024

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I knew that stress & trauma could cause physical issues, but I never knew it could affect your gums!


Following my abusive relationship and stressful divorce I began noticing the physical toll it took on me, but it’s only recently I noticed the impact on my gums. I have been ignoring frequent gum bleeding, but lately it has turned into chronic inflammation and pain, prompting me to seek help.


My dentist diagnosed me with gum disease and explained how stress weakens the immune system, making it harder to fight infections, including those in the mouth. It’s so easy to miss these signs when you’re in a fight, flight, or freeze response, making it extra important we remind each other to look after our physical health as well as our mental health. If you're experiencing emotional distress, pay attention to your body's signals and take steps to care for your entire self.


In this episode, we will explore:

  • How stress and trauma can negatively impact oral health, leading to gum disease
  • The importance of recognising the link between mental health and physical well-being
  • Effective strategies for prioritising mental health to improve overall health
  • The significance of monitoring gum health and seeking professional advice early on to prevent serious consequences


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