Even though the world is made up of individual people with entirely different lives and experiences, there is one thing we all have in common. Stress!
No matter who you are, where you live, or what you do, you can’t escape from the stresses of daily life that have us constantly under attack. Some people are better at dealing with it than others, but regardless, managing stress in a healthy way is something we should all strive to do.
That’s because chronic stress can hurt you in more ways than you realize. Our team at Brar Dentistry wants to do all we can to help you keep stress under control so that it doesn’t hurt your smile or your oral health. Today’s blog is going to talk about how stress can affect you and give you a few simple ideas for how to manage stress and to keep smiling!
Don’t Let Chronic Stress Hurt Your Smile!
You know that stress can affect your life in all sorts of ways, but are you aware of how it specifically affects your smile?
Have you ever been stuck in a traffic jam and suddenly found yourself gripping the steering wheel really tightly after who knows how long? All throughout the day, our bodies react to stressful situations before our minds can register the reaction. The same happens when it comes to your teeth.
You may or may not notice that you grind your teeth or clench your jaw. In fact, oftentimes people do this in their sleep, so unless your dentist diagnoses you with TMJ disorder or bruxism, you might not even realize you have it. Sure, you’ll have the symptoms such as frequent painful headaches, but you won’t necessarily make the connection between them and teeth grinding.
It’s important to talk with one of our trained professionals at your next dental checkup if you think you might be grinding your teeth because of stress. You don’t want all that stress to wear down your teeth or mess up your alignment. Dr. Brar and our team can help you stop putting added pressure on your teeth and jaw joint with a splint so everything can heal naturally.
Don’t Let Stress Hurt Your Oral Health!
Persistent, unchecked stress can also have an impact on your oral and overall health. Studies have shown a strong link between stress and an increased risk for gum disease, which can lead to even worse health problems like heart disease, stroke, and diabetes.
At Brar Dentistry, our skilled hygienists can spot the early stages of gum disease and treat it effectively, but it’s important that you visit regularly so we can take care of it before it advances!
How You Can Minimize Stress And Keep Smiling!
For the sake of your smile, your teeth and gums, and for your health in general, you should try to manage the stress of daily life in a healthy way. Everyone will have their own strategy for coping with stress, but here are just a few simple ideas:
-Eat a healthy, balanced diet and avoid sugary snacks and highly processed foods.
-Stay active by buying a gym membership or taking daily walks in your neighborhood.
-Make time for yourself to enjoy hobbies and pursue interests.
-Start and end each day with a few light stretches and deep breathing exercises.
-Talk to a trusted friend or qualified professional about issues affecting your life.
-Learn when and how to say no to things that only add to your stress and responsibilities.
Schedule An Appointment
You can’t avoid stress completely, but you can find ways to cope with it in a healthy, effective way so it doesn’t turn into a chronic issue that threatens your oral and overall health.
Let our team at Brar Dentistry help you keep smiling with clean, healthy teeth and gums! With regular cleanings and exams, we’ll be able to stay on top of your oral health and catch any potential dental problems before they become more serious issues.
Call us today at 630-883-0970 or fill out our online form. We have 4 locations to serve you in St. Charles, Elgin, South Elgin, and Sleepy Hollow, IL.