Stress can lead to a variety of health challenges like heart, stomach, or psychological issues. But did you know that stress can also cause dental problems? Bruxism is a condition characterized by grinding, clenching, and gritting the teeth. It causes headaches, earaches, jaw pain, tooth loss, and enamel erosion. Studies show that 70% of bruxism cases are specifically caused by stress and anxiety.
To determine if you suffer from bruxism, arrange a consultation with your dentist to develop a plan of action to treat the pain and symptoms associated with it. Part of that plan will likely include stress reduction, but here are some ways to immediately reduce your stress level today.
How to relive stress right now
- Take a short walk: Stand up from your desk and move around. Get outdoors in the sunshine and take a stroll around the neighborhood. Better yet, go on a hike or find a park with green space. Studies show that interacting with nature will noticeably reduce anxiety.
- Breathe: Shallow breathing is an indication of stress. Taking a few deep and slow breaths can assist in reducing stress levels and tension due to extra oxygen.
- Visualize: Studies show that mindful visualization is a powerful way to promote positivity and relive stress. During a lunch break or early in the morning, find a quiet place in the back yard or an empty conference room then get in a comfortable position. Visualize a peaceful setting like the beach or mountains. Or, imagine yourself accomplishing a long awaited goal and how that will feel.
- Stop staring at screens: Long bouts of computer use are connected with depression, stress, and lost sleep—particularly in women. Be mindful of your screen use and be sure to get up and take a break every now and then.
- Listen to music: The right kind of music has the power to reduce stress levels and lower blood pressure. Research shows that classical music can have a particularly soothing influence.
Stress can have an overwhelming impact not only on general well being, but dental health as well. Begin today to reduce stress and anxiety. It will lead to a healthier and happier smile. For more information about how to improve your dental health, contact Broadway Family Dentistry at 701-839-1299.