Let’s level with each other: we’re living in unprecedented times. With so many of us now quarantined at home and trying to still manage, it can be easy to let stress take over. This manifests in different ways for all of us. Some of us may be nail biters, smokers, or snackers. Some of us may want to reach for a second glass of wine.
Whatever your default stress-management techniques may be, some are good for your overall and oral health and some can have a very negative impact. Talking to an emergency dentist in South Austin may help you to find other tools to mitigate stress in positive, productive ways.
Unfortunately, some of the most common forms of dealing with stress are the worst for our oral health. While they may feel good in the short term, they can have detrimental effects over time. Some of these are:
TAKE A DEEP BREATH
While many of your go-to habits may be fine in moderation, there are many ways to unwind while maintaining or even improving our physical, mental, and oral health. The next time you feel yourself engaging in a potentially unhealthy stress-relief technique, consider one of the following:
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Dr. Jack Fan wants to make sure that you’re living your best life. At The Dental Centre, he takes great pride in taking care of his patients and his community. Having seen all sides of the dental world, from doing medical outreach in Mexico while in college to his one-year General Practice Residency at Long Island Jewish College, he understands the importance of maintaining your oral health even during difficult times. Whether it’s the stress of COVID-19 or dental anxiety, he and his team are here to help you maintain a lifetime of gorgeous smiles. If you’re ever dealing with an emergency or dental anxiety, he and his team are a phone call away.