We go from Thanksgiving to Christmas to New Year’s in a short period of time and unfortunately, the holidays can be a stressful time for many people. But have you ever considered how the holidays can be bad for your teeth?
For many people, stress results in grinding or clenching teeth which not only wears teeth down, but can also result in headaches, sore necks, and pain along your jaw muscles. And it’s the time of the year for Christmas cookies and eggnog! So what’s a person to do?
Reduce stress: Yes, that’s obvious! This time of the year though is when people may not give as much attention to stress reduction. Make that extra effort to exercise and find downtime. You do not need to attend every single holiday party!
Relax your jaw: Consciously relax your jaw by letting your mouth just hang open. It helps you become more aware of times you may be clenching.
Watch your sugar: We can’t say that enough. The holidays always bring in more sweets. If you can’t say ‘no’ to an offered sugary treat, drink a lot of water immediately afterward to help wash away that residue.
Enjoy the holiday season but don’t forget to take care of yourself.