April marks Stress Awareness Month, a time to reflect on the effects of stress on our overall health, including our oral health. At Frankel Dentistry, we understand the profound impact that stress can have on your teeth and gums.

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Stress manifests in various ways throughout the body, often leading to clenching or grinding of teeth, also known as bruxism. This subconscious habit can occur during the day or, more commonly, at night while sleeping. Over time, bruxism can wear down tooth enamel, cause jaw pain, and even result in headaches or facial discomfort.

Furthermore, stress can weaken the immune system, making the gums more susceptible to infection. This can exacerbate issues like gum disease, leading to inflammation, bleeding gums, and in severe cases, tooth loss.

During Stress Awareness Month, it’s essential to prioritize self-care, including your oral health. Here are some tips to protect your smile from the effects of stress:

  1. Practice Relaxation Techniques: Engage in activities such as meditation, yoga, or deep breathing exercises to alleviate stress and reduce teeth grinding.
  2. Maintain Good Oral Hygiene: Brush your teeth twice a day and floss daily to prevent dental problems associated with stress.
  3. Wear a Night Guard: If you frequently grind your teeth at night, a custom night guard can help protect your teeth from damage.
  4. Stay Hydrated: Drink plenty of water to keep your mouth moist and wash away bacteria that can contribute to gum disease.

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At Frankel Dentistry, our team is here to support you in maintaining optimal oral health, especially during Stress Awareness Month. If you’re experiencing symptoms of stress-related dental issues, don’t hesitate to reach out. We offer comprehensive dental care tailored to your individual needs.

Let’s work together to keep your smile healthy and bright, even during life’s most stressful moments. Contact Frankel Dentistry today to schedule your next appointment and prioritize your oral health this Stress Awareness Month.