It’s Stress Awareness Month and stress can affect all areas of your life. Stress at work can make you short with loved ones at home, keep you from losing sleep and make you eat more than you usually would, all things that just add more stress. And guess what? The cyclical effect of stress doesn’t stop there. It can affect your oral health too.
- Mouth sores are often an indication of a stressed lifestyle. Canker sores and cold sores are both common. Cold sores are also contagious.
- Taking care of your oral health requires time. If you are too busy to brush and floss your teeth properly, or if you are just not eating right, your oral health will suffer.
- Clenching your jaw or grinding your teeth, sometimes without even realizing it, could do your teeth and jaw a lot of harm.
- Studies suggest that dental plaque levels increase with stress, increasing the possibility of gum disease.
So how do you deal with these and the other health hazards that stress causes?
Try to ignore stress, and indulge in activities that help you relax. Stress isn’t an external factor affecting your mind and body. It comes from within you, and dealing with it is in your hands.
Make time for yourself. Don’t blame your busy schedule or the pending work list. Decide to relax and do it. A simple stretch and yawn, a long loving hug, snuggling with your pet, a call to your best friend, a look out of the window, a quick nap, watching a funny video or even something as simple as smelling some flowers, can all act as stress-busters. Take your pick or find your own way to bust stress.
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