Stress is quite an inconvenient emotion. In fact, it’s so inconvenient that it can take a toll on the body. Unfortunately, it can severely affect the mouth. It can promote dental issues like bruxism, jaw pain, canker sores, and even gum disease. So, if possible, it’s best to take good care of your mouth while you’re stressed. To do so, our dentist, Dr. K. Cheyn Gunnerson, has some tips for you.
First, get physical. Exercise can help you relieve stress and tension in your life and in your body. So, get out and get active by going running, going to the gym, lifting weights, doing yoga, riding your bike, getting a massage, and using physical therapy.
Second, rest and have a balanced diet. Sometimes stress makes us lose our appetite or stress eat (which means you continually eat to make yourself feel better). No matter what stress does for you, it’s important to have three healthy and balanced meals a day and then eat tooth-healthy snacks between meals if necessary. When it comes to resting, make sure you get plenty of sleep at night. If you don’t, feel free to take a nap during the day. You might also want to try meditation. This can help you feel more relaxed and carefree.
Third, share your feelings. Sometimes sharing your feelings with a counselor, family member, or friend can take that heavy weight off your shoulders that the stress is causing. Who knows, your peer might even have some advice to help you solve the problem.
To learn more about how to take care of your mouth when you’re stressed, please reach out to Gunnerson Dental at 801-658-0102 at your earliest convenience. When you contact our dental team, we will be more than happy to give you the information you’re looking for.