How Stress Could Impact Your Smile

Over the past year, there have been many changes to our day-to-day life due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We understand that these changes have resulted in stressful situations for many of our valued patients. When you are stressed out, it can impact you in many ways. From physical exhaustion, to a pounding headache, we often forget the toll it has on our oral health. At Wilson East Dental Care, your well being is our top priority. It’s important to know the impacts stress can have on your smile, and the early warning signs. We want to offer you a few tips to help manage your stress so your oral health won’t have to suffer!

Physical Impact

Stress can lead to many issues regarding your oral health. Teeth grinding, or “bruxism” is when a patient chronically grinds their teeth, or clenches their jaw, when awake or asleep. This common side effect from stress can lead to chip teeth, worn down enamel, or tired jaw muscles. It’s important to consult with Dr. Ghane if you feel you are experiencing any of these symptoms, so we can properly assess you and help create an action plan.  Another common issue related to stress is dry mouth. Although harmless in small doses, chronic dry mouth can lead to a buildup of bacteria in the mouth and cause gingivitis. This oral disease can not only create bad breath, but can leave you more vulnerable for cavities and other gum related diseases.

What Can I Do To Help? 

It’s important to learn how to manage stress in today’s climate. From staying inside, to not regularly seeing your loved ones, it’s more important than ever to find ways to keep your smile going. Exercise, eating healthy, and meditation are just a few simple ways you can take time to help you relax. If your stress appears to be chronic, it’s important to consult with a professional or your family doctor. We want your smile to be the last thing you have to worry about!

Come Visit Us In Ancaster! 

Dr. Ghane and our dedicated staff are here for you! With our up-to-date health and safety protocols, our clinic has gone above and beyond to create a safe environment! Aside from routine check-ups, we provide a wide variety of treatments, including Invisalign and  dentures! Give us a call at 289-204-1711, or fill out our online form to request an appointment today. We look forward to having you, and helping you create the smile of your dreams!

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