Put A Stop to Holiday Stress

Posted on December 16, 2014 in General oral health

The holiday season seems to get busier and busier with a whirlwind of events and celebrations that can spread more than holiday cheer – they can raise your stress level higher than the mistletoe hanging from the ceiling! As you likely know, stress can lead to a variety of overall health and oral health problems.

Studies have shown that gum disease and bruxism (tooth grinding) may be linked to high levels of stress. When you're anxious or depressed, your body produces more of the hormone cortisol, which can contribute to the risk for gum disease. People who grind their teeth tend to do it more when under stress. Grinding can wear and chip teeth and put pressure on jaw muscles and joints. 

In addition, hard times can often lead to bad-for-your-teeth habits like smoking, drinking alcohol, and skipping your nightly brushing and flossing.

Follow these tips to keep your mouth – and your whole self – healthy and stress-free during the holidays – and all year long.

* Eat a well-balanced diet.

* Get enough sleep.

* Exercise on a regular basis.

* Practice relaxation techniques such as meditation, stretching, and deep breathing.

* Brush and floss daily.

* Remember that some things, like the weather, are out of your hands and are not worth getting worked up about. 

Enjoy the holiday season – may it be stress free!