The Holiday Stress Could Compromise Your Smile

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, right? We’re surrounded by music, lights, cheer and gifts galore. It’s all about cheer! The problem is, all of that ‘cheer’ can easily turn into stress for many reasons.

  • Strained family get-togethers
  • Holiday parties every night of the week
  • The pressure of giving the right gifts
  • Financial strains
  • The famous question: “Will Santa conclude that I’ve been naughty or nice this year?”

Did you know that your daytime stress could lead to your nighttime harmful habit? That harmful habit is known as bruxism, and oftentimes you are not even aware that you are doing it.

What is Bruxism?

Bruxism is another word for clenching, gnashing or grinding your teeth at night. Bruxism often can lead to sleeping disorders such as snoring or pausing while breathing (sleep apnea).

If your holiday stress is continual, it could mean that your nighttime harmful habit is continual as well. This can lead to other dental complications such as jaw, neck or face pain or soreness. You can also wear down your tooth enamel with can lead to tooth decay. Your teeth can become flattened, fractured, chipped or loose. This may also cause increased tooth pain or sensitivity.

If you’re experiencing a great deal of holiday stress and experiencing signs and symptoms of bruxism, contact Group Health Dental. We can get you into a custom fitted mouthguard that can prevent your clenching and grinding that is harmful to your dental and overall health.

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