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Don’t Let Stress Affect Your Smile

April 30, 2024.Claudia Rojas.0 Likes.0 Comments

Don’t Let Stress Affect Your Smile

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There are a lot of great reasons to focus on your mental and emotional well-being – it can strengthen your relationships, boost your productivity, and reduce your risk for anxiety and depression. But did you know that caring for your emotional health can also support your oral health?  Several oral health conditions can stem from, or be complicated by, excess levels of stress. These include:

  • Canker sores
  • Dry mouth
  • Gum disease (periodontitis)
  • Teeth grinding (bruxism)

Say “yes” to self-care

Self-care isn’t selfish. In fact, making sure you have time and space for yourself is a vital part of reducing stress. How you approach self-care should be unique to you, but here are a few tips for getting started:

  • Try to exercise regularly. Even a short walk allows you to enjoy the scenery, while still bringing benefits of movement.
  • Practice relaxation techniques such as yoga, guided meditation, or deep breathing.
  • Eat nutritious meals and remain hydrated.
  • Create a nightly sleep routine to help boost mental alertness and overall energy.
  • Avoid tobacco, marijuana, and excessive drinking.
  • Make time for friends and family members.
  • Consult a mental health professional. While your dentist is trained to care for your oral health, a mental health professional can focus on your overall well-being.

Your mental, physical, and oral health are connected

Stress is just one way your oral health and your overall well-being are connected. More studies are needed, but there’s even evidence that oral health issues may contribute to issues such as heart disease, pneumonia, and even complications with pregnancy.[1] This means that preventative oral health care – like going to your regularly scheduled dental cleanings – is an important part of caring for your physical and mental health. During a cleaning, your dentist and hygienist can help:

  • Answer any questions you may have.
  • Reduce bacteria and plaque in the mouth.
  • Look for any oral health problems, so they can be addressed early.
  • Lower any stress or anxiety you feel about your oral health.

Maintaining a proper daily oral health routine, including brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing daily, will also help you keep your smile strong.

Make your mental health a priority

Although stress is sometimes unavoidable and a part of life, you can make a difference in your well-being. Diet, sleep, and exercise routines are all associated with improved physical and mental health – and the benefits will be greater if you practice all three. Follow a positive, manageable daily schedule to help keep your oral and overall health on track!


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