Work in Sales? Keep Your Smile Healthy

I recently began working in sales. Smiling is very important when you work in sales, but I kept it to a minimum because I was not happy with my teeth. I had a tooth near the front of my mouth that was discolored from a bad cavity (my dentist says it became dark because the nerve was dead), and it embarrassed me. I always felt like it affected my income, so I finally saved up and had a crown put on that tooth. I also whitened the rest of my teeth. I now love my smile and I think it shows! I cannot stop smiling! My commissions also show my increased self-confidence, because I am making more money than ever. I created this blog to help other people struggling to make money in sales realize that a bright, healthy smile can help you and your bank account!

Tense Teeth? How To Stop Stress From Damaging Your Mouth

Dentist Blog

You might blame stress for those fine lines and headaches. However, did you know that stress is harmful to your teeth and gums too? Here are a few tips to stop stress from damaging your mouth.  

Periodontal Disease

Stressed individuals are at a higher risk for periodontal disease: inflammation and infection that can ruin the gum tissues.

  • The Problem: When you are stressed, your body, including your mouth, has a harder time fighting off infection.
  • The Solution: If you notice your gums seem red and inflamed, you can seek help from your dentist, who can use a probe to measure your gum inflammation and see the severity of your periodontal disease. Along with brushing and flossing, your dentist may recommend a deep cleaning. During this procedure, you will be given a local anesthetic. Then, plaque from above and below the gum line is scraped off, a process called scaling. To help your gums heal, your dentist may even put antibiotics between your teeth and gums. 

Canker Sores

Do you have white, gray, or yellowish oral lesions in your mouth? You may have canker sores: small, painful ulcers that develop inside the mouth. 

  • The Problem: Canker sores can be quite uncomfortable. While a definitive cause of canker sores has not been decided, stress is definitely one of the culprits.
  • The Solution: Luckily, canker sores tend to go away in about a week. However in the meantime, you can avoid spicy and acidic foods, and you can use a numbing oral medicine to reduce any pain.

Bruxism

Perhaps the most serious mouth problem related to stress is bruxism, or teeth grinding and jaw clenching.

  • The Problem: As a subconscious stress-releasing technique, bruxism affects 95 percent of adults at some time in their life. The average person's upper and lower teeth make contact for 20 to 30 minutes a day. However, those who suffer from bruxism experience teeth contact for several hours a day. This can cause your jaw to become sore or tight. You may also have a dull headache, tooth sensitivity, or worn teeth. In serious cases, you could damage your temporomandibular joint, which attaches your jawbone to your skull. 
  • The Solution: To prevent your teeth from grinding, your dentist can make you a mouthguard. After making an impression of your upper and lower teeth, your dentist can make you a plastic mouthguard that will absorb the damaging effects of grinding. In addition, by placing the tip of your tongue between your teeth, you can condition yourself not to clench or grind your teeth. This will help your jaw muscles learn how to become less tense. At night, a warm washcloth on your temporomandibular joint will allow your jaw muscles to relax too.

Of course, managing your stress level is the easiest way to keep your mouth, and your entire self, healthy. For more information, contact a dentist like Tyler Dental Artz cosmetic dentistry.

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17 June 2015