discover how holiday stress can harm your oral health

december 6th, 2020

oral health

Holiday stress is a real thing. At first, you may be overcome with joy and happiness as you put up the Christmas tree and decorate your house with lights but over time, the crowds at the mall and daunting thought of hosting a multitude of guests can leave you stressed and wishing for the holidays to quickly pass. Before you pull out all your hair or let bruxism wear down your teeth, discover just how impactful stress can be on your oral health and what you can do to protect your pearly whites from serious damage.




THE IMPACT OF STRESS ON ORAL HEALTH

This time of year can wreak havoc on your teeth and gums if you’re not careful, especially if you have a hard time dealing with stress. With everything you have to think about for the holidays, it’s no wonder that bruxism is one of the most common dental problems seen by dentists. This grinding and clenching of the teeth can lead to chronic jaw pain and excessive wear and tear to your tooth enamel. While stress can easily cause bruxism, bite alignment issues and temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD) are also contributing factors to worn down and damaged teeth.

Continual grinding and clenching of the teeth can also cause pain in the shoulders, neck, and head, leading to frequent headaches, not to mention small stress fractures on your smile. While easily mistaken for cavities, these fractures can lead to actual cracking in the tooth enamel, requiring restorative or cosmetic treatment to repair your smile.

PROTECTING YOUR TEETH FROM WEAR AND TEAR

If you’re looking for a way to get through the holiday season with a smile that is damage-free, talk to your dentist about mouth protection. Wearing a custom-made mouthguard at night, while you sleep, can keep your teeth from coming into contact with each other as well as relax your facial muscles to prevent jaw clenching.

These customized oral appliances are a much more comfortable and reliable solution that the one-size-fits-all devices found in stores. Depending on the severity of your bruxism, your dentist might suggest that you wear it all the time or only at night, but no matter how often you need to wear your mouthguard, you can rest assured that your smile will be better protected from serious damage.

It will also be beneficial to find ways to alleviate stress during the holidays. Some useful suggestions include:

Taking a lot, hot bath
Listening to calming music
Going for a long walk
Meditation
Don’t let your smile or your body be negatively impacted by stress this season. Talk to your dentist about treating your bruxism with a mouthguard and schedule a time to visit your doctor to determine what you can do to alleviate your anxiety and tension. With 2020 around the corner, you want to look and feel your best.


ABOUT THRIVE DENTAL & ORTHODONTICS

The team at Thrive Dental and Orthodontics is committed to helping patients achieve their ideal smiles. With four qualified dental professionals, we offer comprehensive services to ensure everyone’s needs are met under one roof. Patients who turn to us for treatment can expect only the very best. From regular checkups and cleanings to treating bruxism, we will work to ensure each individual receives outstanding treatment and personalized care. We want everyone who sees us to feel confident and comfortable when deciding on their own dental care. To learn more, contact us at (972) 737-7860.



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