During the holiday season, you may experience an increase in stress. As a result, this can lead to an increase in dental problems. You might neglect your oral health routine or experience increased behaviors such as teeth grinding. Here are a few simple ways to keep your smile healthy even while stressed:
- Take your oral care kit with you. Pack a small toothbrush, tube of toothpaste, and floss in a small case you keep in your car, purse, backpack, or another bag you take with you. Make it easy to take care of your teeth wherever you go.
- Wear an oral appliance if you grind your teeth. In fact, we can create a custom-fit appliance for you that protects your teeth and fits more comfortably than anything store-bought.
- Chew sugar-free gum. Studies have shown that chewing gum can actually reduce your stress. It’s also good for your teeth because it removes food particles lingering after a meal. Just make sure you choose gum made with xylitol instead of sugar.
We’re also sharing tips by the Mayo Clinic that talk about ways you can reduce your stress this time of year: