Don’t Let Stress Ruin Your Holiday Celebrations
It’s hard to believe that we are in the middle of December and the new year is right around the corner. Whether your holiday celebrations are over or you are in the midst of planning, there is plenty of excitement in the air. No matter which holiday you celebrate, December is always a busy and exciting time. Events are planned, parties are attended, shopping never seems to end, and meals need to be cooked. Everywhere you turn, there is something that can add stress to your life. You may be surprised to learn that added stress can not only impact your overall health but your oral health as well.
What Your Mouth is Telling You
When you visit our office for a routine examination and cleaning we inspect your mouth for a number of potential issues. Your mouth and the state of your teeth give away your stress level. We look for signs such as:
- Severely worn teeth
- Chewed lips and cheeks
- Canker sores
- Dry mouth
- Cracked or chipped teeth
If you experience one of the issues mentioned above, we need to get to the root of the issue as soon as possible to restore your oral health. Dental issues that remain untreated can progress into something serious over time and can lead to extreme discomfort and costly repairs.
Avoid Other Issues
Added stress can also lead to an increase in TMD, or temporomandibular joint disorder. TMD is a condition that arises from problems related to the jaw joints, facial muscles, and nerves of the face. Continuous pressure on the jaw and teeth can lead to extreme discomfort in the jaw, repeated headaches, and discomfort in the neck, shoulders, and ears. We offer a number of treatments that can help if you suffer from this disorder.
If you are under stress this holiday season and you experience anything unusual with your oral health, please contact our office located in Fort Lee, NJ as soon as possible. We hope that you have a healthy and safe holiday season and wish you a very happy new year. We look forward to seeing you soon.