If you are feeling stressed, you may be setting yourself up for periodontal disease. A study published in the Journal of Periodontology (JOP) in February 2009 found that stress interferes with oral hygiene. People under stress are more likely to neglect their teeth and dental hygiene. Also, people experiencing stress also have a compromised immune system which can decrease their ability to fight off oral infections. Dr. Anasinski recommends that you brush and floss daily and see your dentist or Periodontist to ensure you maintain a healthy mouth through these stressful times. Getting cleanings at more regular intervals is another way you can fight gum disease and combat stress.