Between work and home life, stress is a common concern for most people.
However, continued levels of stress aren’t good for your health.
Research shows that stress can negatively impact your oral health in several ways.
- Mouth sores come from emotional stress. Talk to your dentist about medication or rinses that’ll relieve the pain.
- Teeth grinding/clenching. Are you having headaches as soon as you wake up? You might be grinding your teeth at night.
- Poor oral hygiene. With rushing to get to work and drop the kids off at school, you forget to brush. This can lead to a risk of developing gum disease or tooth decay.
- Poor nutrition. Without the proper vitamins and nutrients, you risk tooth decay.
- Missing dental appointments. Visit your dentist every 6 months for regular cleanings and for your overall health. Ask your dentist about how stress takes a toll on your teeth.
Reduce your symptoms
Find out the root of the problem before it gets worse. Follow these steps to get relief first:
- Talk to your dentist about treatment options.
- Address teeth grinding with your dentist. You might need a mouthguard.
- Avoid hard or crunchy foods if you’re in a lot of pain.
- Don’t turn to tobacco or alcohol because that’ll make it worse.
- Manage your pain through gentles massages. physical therapy, or pain relief medications.
- Ask about prescription medications.
- Avoid the sun or use sunscreen to help reduce cold sores.
Manage stress by getting plenty of rest, eating a well-balanced diet, drinking water, and having a self-care plan. Don’t let stress get the best of you.