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
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.
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
- Take time to relax
Get the Care You Need From a
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.
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