Oral Health and Holiday Stress

Many people often experience holiday stress, and this year there can be the added stress of the pandemic. Stress is a coping mechanism to everyday challenges, but when the stress response is continuous it can have a negative impact on overall health. You may feel your heart rate and breathing increase, as well as increased muscle tension. Stress can have physical and psychological consequences. Did you know it can also have an impact on your oral health?  

Impact on Oral Health 

When prolonged stress occurs, your immune system can become compromised. The following oral signs and symptoms may indicate that your stress is starting to alter your oral health.  

  • Teeth grinding 
  • Painful clicking or popping of the jaw 
  • Canker sores 
  • Dry mouth  
  • Gum disease related to compromised immune response 
  • Cavities related to neglect 

Establishing oral habits during stress is essential. Clean between your teeth daily and brush twice a day. Make sure to have interdental aids and a toothbrush available. TePe Interdental Brushes clean effectively between the teeth and the TePe Supreme toothbrush reaches further between the teeth and along the gum line.  

A Holistic Approach 

A holistic approach will contribute to your overall health and well being! Here are 3 ways to have a positive impact on reducing stress. 

  1. Get enough sleep. 
  1. Keep a healthy diet. 
  1. Maintain physical activity. 

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