Dentist Bloomfield Stress And Your Oral Health
 

I would like to share some ways that our bodies may respond to stress from an oral health point of view, and also ways to calm our bodies and minds.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

• The habit of grinding or clenching your teeth, usually while you’re sleeping, is called bruxism. It may be caused by stress. Symptoms include headaches, a sore jaw, frequent toothaches, and damage to teeth or dental work.

 

• Periodontal (gum) disease might be linked to high stress. Signs of gum disease include gums that bleed when you brush or floss; red, swollen or tender gums; and gums that have pulled away from your teeth.

 

•             Canker sores may also be stress-related. These small sores appear on the soft tissues inside your mouth or on the base of your gums. Most canker sores go away in a week or two.  Call the office if you have a sore that does not heal.

 

If you find yourself feeling stressed, try these simple tips:

 

• Always make time for brushing and flossing. These three to five minutes are time to do something positive to improve and maintain your health.

• Keep regular dental appointments dentist regularly so that we can take care of any teeth damaged from clenching or grinding, or prescribe a night guard or bite plate to prevent further damage.

• Practice relaxation techniques, such as meditation, deep breathing or yoga, to control tension. Visualize a beautiful, relaxing spot like the beach. 

• Exercise. Nothing reduces stress like a run or a bike ride.