Posted on 8/15/2019 by Dr. Nick Raptou
|Stress can impact your life in a variety of ways, including your teeth. Fortunately, if you follow a few simple tips, you can reduce your chance of stress related dental problems.
Wear a Mouth Guard
If you suffer from stress and anxiety, you may grind your teeth at night. Also known as bruxism, this habit can have many negative effects on the teeth. When you put unnecessary pressure onto the teeth, they can break, crack, or chip. The enamel may also wear away, which can lead to an increase in sensitivity.
A mouth guard is a good way to reduce the chance of this damage. A custom-fit night guard is the best option, as these appliances will fit your unique teeth and bite to best protect your mouth. We can create a mouth guard that will keep your teeth safe while you sleep.
Reduce Your Stress Level
It may be easier said than done, but reducing your stress level is another important tip for decreasing the risk of dental problems. Exercise is a popular way to reduce stress, while other people may like to read a book or take a warm bath in order to wind down. If you feel that you cannot manage your stress on your own, it may be helpful to talk to a therapist to find better coping mechanisms for your life.
Visit Our Office Regularly
If you want to maintain healthy teeth and reduce your risk of dental problems, you need to keep up with your regular dental appointments. Be sure to see us at least once every six months, but feel free to call sooner if you are concerned about stress related dental problems or any other issue.
Is it time for your next dental appointment? If so, call us today to get on the schedule for a cleaning and examination.