Between preparing the Thanksgiving turkey to shopping around for Christmas gifts, the holidays are one of the most stressful times of the year. Excess stress not only impacts your physical health but also your oral health with effects such as:
– Clenching and/or grinding of teeth
– Poor oral hygiene and unhealthy eating routines
– Periodontal (gum) disease
– Mouth sores
Many steps can be taken to reduce holiday stress including simplifying your to-do list, making healthy eating and exercise a priority or taking five minutes out of a hectic day to relax.
If holiday stress has you already feeling ‘on the edge’ we suggest you come to our office for expert advice on ways to save your oral health. Our doctors can assess whether a night guard is needed to reduce the effects of teeth clenching and grinding while our dental hygienists can examine your periodontal health, offering tips on how to maintain strong, healthy gums. Ask us about our latest periodontal products at your next visit.
Although it’s the busiest time of the year it doesn’t have to be the most stressful. Enjoy time spent with family and friends and make this holiday season one worth smiling about!