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How Stress Impacts Your Oral Health

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.

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