Not only do healthy eating habits affect your dental health, but so does your mental health. Stress can wreak havoc on your mouth, leaving you in pain or with dental damage. Check out these ways that stress may be affecting your mouth and how to fix it.
Bruxism is another way of saying that you are grinding your teeth together. When stress strikes, you can carry tension in different parts of your body. Your jaw is one of them. If you find yourself with a clenched jaw many times during the day, be sure to practice relaxing your jaw. Holding your teeth together can cause damage to the surface and grinding them together can cause them to wear down faster.
It is thought that canker sores are triggered by stress. They can erupt suddenly in your mouth, causing pain and frustration. Take some time to slow down and relax to see if you can relieve your symptoms.
Periodontal disease is the inflammation of your gums. Stress can lead to a weaker immune system, which means that when bacteria gets down inside your gums, your body is less able to fight it off. Bacteria in your gums can lead to damage to your tooth’s structure and also to gum disease.
Tips For Destressing
- Be sure to get some down time each day. Take some time for yourself to read a book, do a spa treatment, get a massage, or something else relaxing. It can be as simple as watching a favorite TV show, to an elaborate all day spa day. Just make sure you do something that you love.
- Take a mental health day. If you’ve been working non-stop, it’s ok to take a mental health day once in awhile. Head to the beach, do some shopping, or just hang out with friends.
- Pay attention to your mouth. If you find yourself clenching your teeth together often, retrain yourself to keep some space between your back molars. Be conscious of how often you catch yourself doing this and really work to keep them apart. Also, if your jaw muscles seem sore, that is another good indicator that you are grinding or clenching your teeth in your sleep.
If you are showing any signs of stress, now is a good time to schedule an appointment with your dentist. At Hidden Smiles, we can help you to keep your mouth as healthy as can be. Give us a call to schedule your appointment and consultation.