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Stress is an emotion that weighs heavily on the body. Oftentimes it can actually affect your health and make you sick. This is the same with the mouth. Stress can take a toll on the mouth whether you like it or not. In fact, it can cause teeth grinding habits, jaw pain, canker sores, and even gum disease. So, it’s important to take good care of your mouth when you’re stressed. To help you do just that, our dentist, Dr. Donald Bohne, is happy to give you some tips and recommendations.

No. 1: Get physical. Now, this doesn’t mean you should fight someone. It means you should get outside and be active. You can exercise by riding your bike, running, lifting weights, swimming, going to the gym, and doing yoga. You can also get physical by getting a massage or using physical therapy. These things can help you relieve the stress and tension you feel.

No. 2: Have a balanced diet and rest. Oftentimes stress makes us lose our appetite or makes us stress eat. No matter which situation is the case for you, it’s important to have a balanced and healthy diet, meaning you need three healthy meals each day that fuels your body and mind. This can help you deal with the stress rather than taking it out on the mouth. When it comes to rest, make sure you get plenty of sleep, whether that’s by getting 7-9 hours of sleep at night or taking a nap during the day. You can also try meditation to ease your mind and soul.

No. 3: Confide in someone. Sharing your feelings with a loved one or a counselor can help you release that heavy, stressful weight on your shoulders, which can greatly help your smile. Who knows, it might even help resolve the stressful problems in your life. Your friend, family member, or counselor might have some great advice!

For more information and details about how to take good care of your smile while you are stressed, please contact our dental team at Donald H Bohne DDS PA. All you need to do is dial 770-939-6600 and we will be more than happy to help you. We look forward to giving you the answers you need to have a strong oral health in Tucker, Georgia!