Did you know that too much stress can affect your teeth and gums? Teeth grinding, canker sores, gum disease, and neglecting your oral hygiene are just some of the ways stress impacts your teeth! Here’s how you can deal with National Stress Awareness Month.
Stress can cause you to clench your teeth at night or slide them back and forth. Some of the symptoms of teeth grinding include,
- Sleep disorders
- Jaw pain
- Abnormal tooth wear
- Broken/chipped teeth
- TMJ disorder
- Change in facial appearance
If you’re under a lot of stress, that’s how canker sores develop. Researchers are the Mayo Clinic found these possible causes:
- Minor mouth injuries
- Brushing too hard
- Sports accidents
- Accidental cheek bites
- Food sensitivities
- Vitamin deficiencies
- Allergic responses
- Emotional stress
How to Manage
Avoid, or at least reduce smoking, and any drinks containing caffeine and alcohol. Try to indulge in physical activity, maybe it’s as simple as going for a walk around the block. Get more sleep. Try relaxation techniques. Talk to someone because just by talking to someone about you feel can help. Keep a stress diary for a few weeks to help you become more aware of the situations which cause you to become stressed.
Take control of your stress. Find solutions to your problems and watch how fast you lower your stress. Manage your time and learn to say “no.” Finally, rest if you are ill. Just be taking it easy will enable your body to recover faster.
Tips During National Stress Awareness Month
You can take proper measures to reduce stress in your life and not jeopardize your oral health with these tips:
Eat a well-balanced diet – What you eat can make a difference in your oral health. Having a poor diet because of stress can cause you to lack the vitamins and nutrients that your body needs to stay healthy.
Stay active- Exercise has been proven to reduce stress. Physical activity helps bump up your body’s production of endorphins, making you feel better.
Hydrate properly – Drink plenty of water. Water helps wash away bacteria in your mouth and helps your mouth stay cavity-free.
Visit your dentist – If you are worried that stress may be affecting your teeth, don’t hesitate to visit your dentist. Your dentist can offer you suggestions for better dental care.
If you need additional tips or someone to talk to, talk to your local dentist! They’ll be happy to help you manage your stress in any way they can.