No matter what is causing your stress, you need to find a way to positively manage it. In addition to making you feel generally cruddy, stress can also make a significant impact on your health, especially in and around your mouth. Here are a few ways you can manage complications, and if all else fails, then you should schedule an appointment with our periodontist. 

1. Get a Mouth Guard to Help with Bruxism
One of the most common symptoms of excessive stress is teeth grinding, which is also known as bruxism. It is a habit you might be doing subconsciously, but it can really take a toll on your enamel and gums. It can even damage the joints responsible for operating your jaw. Talk to a periodontist about getting a mouth guard, which you can wear over your teeth while you sleep. Even if you do grind your teeth, a protective device will reduce the damage. 

2. Avoid Harmful Habits  
Many people smoke to deal with stress. While it might be tempting, you should avoid doing this at all costs, and if you currently smoke, then you should take steps to quit. Another dangerous habit is following a poor diet. Again, you may just want to eat sugary and greasy foods to make yourself feel better during stressful times, but a consistent diet of these foods is only going to hurt you in the long run. 

3. De-Stress  
You may not be able to eliminate the source of the stress, but there are actions you can take to reduce how much it affects you. A few ways to go about this include:

  • Physical therapy or massage
  • Meditation
  • Exercise
  • Take time to relax

Get the Care You Need From a Professional Periodontist  

 Dr. Gregg Codelli has seen numerous people experiencing stress in Atlanta, GA. If you are dealing with excessive stress or if you just want a routine check-up, schedule a time to come in by contacting our office today.