Dental Health And Stress: Coping With Holiday Stressors

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It’s the holiday season again and with it, the opportunity to reunite with loved ones, enjoy hearty holiday meals, witness the sheer delight in children’s eyes as they unwrap their presents, and, regrettably, contend with the challenges of stress. Stress can present itself through a variety of activities and duties from Thanksgiving to New Year’s. The overwhelming number of holiday festivities frequently hides the effect of the season’s excitement on our subconscious brains. It’s easy to overlook this because our minds handle tension when we sleep.

Common Effects Of Holiday Stress On Oral Health

Teeth Grinding: In dealing with nosy relatives, oftentimes, we just hold our tongues and grit our teeth. Excessive clenching and grinding force can potentially cause enamel degradation or, in more extreme circumstances, a cracked tooth.

Canker sores: For some individuals, experiencing stress can lead to the development of canker sores. These small ulcers typically form on the inside of the mouth, either on the cheeks or gum tissue. Though they can cause discomfort, it’s important to note that they are not contagious and typically resolve on their own within about a week.

Dry mouth: Stress can reduce saliva production, and when combined with dehydrating holiday foods and drinks like caffeine and alcohol, it can result in chronic dry mouth. Dry mouth can lead to dental problems such as increased risk of tooth decay and gum disease.

Tips For Managing Holiday Stress

Prioritize Self-Care: Make time for self-care activities like meditation, exercise, and relaxation to help reduce stress.

Set Realistic Expectations: Manage your holiday expectations and avoid overwhelming yourself with unrealistic goals.

Plan and Organize: Create a holiday schedule and to-do lists to stay organized and reduce last-minute stress.

Budget Wisely: Set a budget for holiday expenses to avoid financial stress in the aftermath.

Limit Social Obligations: Be selective with social engagements and don’t overcommit to reduce social stress.

Delegate Tasks: Share responsibilities with others and delegate tasks to ease your workload.

Maintain Healthy Eating Habits: Avoid excessive holiday indulgence and stick to a balanced diet to support your well-being.

Stay Active: Regular physical activity can help alleviate stress and boost your mood.

Reach Out for Support: Share your feelings with friends or a therapist if you’re feeling overwhelmed.

Embrace Mindfulness: Practice mindfulness techniques to stay present and manage stress more effectively.

If you’re experiencing uncomfortable oral effects of holiday stress or if you have questions call us at Paradise Dental Associates.

 

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