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Ways of Keeping Your Stress from Damaging Your Enamel

Posted on 10/20/2016 by Jonathan Woodyard
A hot cup of coffee.Stress comes from a variety of factors. You may be overloaded at work. Perhaps your children have multiple activities and your attention has been divided into several different directions. No matter what the source, constant exposure to stress can have an impact on your health.

It can cause high blood pressure or heart disease. It can lead to poor sleep. Stress can also make you grind and clench your teeth, which, over time, can lead to some major dental issues. There are ways to manage your stress and save your teeth from suffering severe problems.

What Does Stress Do to Your Enamel?

Grinding and clenching your teeth, also known as bruxism, is often a side effect of stress. You may do it either during the day or at night. Over time it can damage your enamel, the hard, protective layer of your teeth. Constant grinding wears away at this layer, exposing the dentin underneath. Dentin houses the open canals that lead directly to the roots of your teeth, leading to sensitivity. You are also much more likely to suffer from tooth decay.

Avoid Alcohol and Caffeine

Many people use alcohol to decompress at the end of a stressful day. Instead of relieving stress, however, it can actually intensify grinding. Caffeine, used to wake oneself up after a restless night and prepare to enter a stressful situation, also can make grinding worse.

Relaxation Techniques
Relaxation techniques, such as deep breathing and meditation are great ways to deal with stress. They force your mind to focus on something else, such as each breath you take, removing your mind from what is causing you to feel anxious. When you find your stress level rising, step back, close your eyes and take a few deep breaths. It will calm your heart rate and your mind.

Another great way to deal with stress is exercise. Physical activity takes your mind off of your situation and puts your energies into something else. Activities such as jogging or riding a bike also take you out of your environment and into the fresh air, allowing you to use your adrenaline to improve your health and let you enjoy nature.

Stress can wreak havoc on your enamel. Finding healthy ways to deal with it can save your teeth from suffering damage. Please contact us if you have any questions about stresses effect on your oral health.


Woodyard Dental Care, PSC

Dr. Jonathan Woodyard, DMD

3235 Olivet Church Road
Paducah, KY 42001



Phone: (270) 408-1321

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