3 Ways Holiday Stress Can Affect Your Oral Health

December 14, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — houstondentist @ 8:56 pm
stressed person during the holidays

Amidst the joyous occasions of family gatherings and gift exchanges, the holiday season often brings about significant stress. The organizational challenges involved in planning these events, from finding the perfect gifts to preparing a timely feast, can become overwhelming. While it’s widely known that stress impacts overall health, its potential to affect dental health may not be as recognized. Read on to learn how stress takes a toll on your teeth and some preventive measures you can take.

Teeth Grinding

Bruxism, also known as chronic teeth grinding, often arises as a response to stress. Whether consciously during the day or involuntarily while asleep, this habit can lead to issues like chips, cracks, jaw pain, and headaches. If you grind your teeth during the day, being mindful of your actions can help break this habit. If it occurs during sleep, consult your dentist for a custom mouthguard designed for nighttime wear. Addressing the underlying anxiety contributing to teeth grinding is crucial, and seeking professional assistance may be beneficial.

Dry Mouth

Saliva, often overlooked, plays a significant role in maintaining oral health by lubricating and protecting teeth. Stress, however, has connections to dry mouth, leaving the mouth feeling parched. You can combat this by drinking plenty of water and staying hydrated. Promote saliva flow by chewing sugar-free gum and using mouthwash specifically designed to address dry mouth.

Canker Sores

Canker sores are a common stress reaction. They can emerge on the cheeks or gums within the oral cavity. Though painful and bothersome, they are not contagious and typically heal on their own within a week. If needed, you can use over-the-counter products designed to treat canker sores. They’re usually available at pharmacies and grocery stores.

As you navigate the holiday season, don’t let stress overshadow the joy of festivities. Take note of your stress responses and actively take the proper measures to mitigate them. By doing so, you can ensure that your smile remains in tip-top shape throughout the season!

About the Practice

Our team at Tamborello Dental Associates is dedicated to providing comprehensive dental care. We are happy to offer preventive, restorative, cosmetic, and emergency dentistry services, along with valuable tips on managing your stress during the holidays. For more information on protecting your smile during the festive season, or to schedule an appointment, visit our website or call (832) 742-7613.

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