Oral Health And Tension: Things To Remember

If you tend to recognize that you’ve been feeling tense lately and you’re worried about how that might affect your smile (or you’re noticing some serious tension related to your oral health), you may not know what to do. Should you worry that your stress may play a role in issues with your smile? Or, is this just something you don’t have to think about? The answer, of course, is that tension can certainly become connected with your smile. Fortunately, our Virginia Beach, VA team is equipped to help!

When You’re Feeling Tension In Your Smile

You may realize that you experience feelings of tension in and around your smile but you’re not really sure why. You try to remain relaxed throughout the day but you will suddenly notice that your jaw feels super tight. What could the problem be, you wonder? While it could be many things, our team suggests you come in for a dental checkup ASAP. This might be a sign that you’re dealing with a disorder called TMD or TMJ disorder (which is short for temporomandibular joint disorder). Translation? It means your jaw joints aren’t in the best of shape and that you may be stressing them out in some way. Or, they may be injured! To find out more and to receive care to alleviate tension, pain, and strain, come on in for an oral health visit!

When You’re Very Tense And Worried About Your Smile

Are you quite tense and, as a result, you are worried that your tendency to internalize your stress is somehow going to negatively impact your oral health? The truth is, this is actually quite possible! If muscle tension is something you recognize regularly, then we encourage you to consider the fact that when you don’t manage stress, it can contribute to the development of something called bruxism disorder.

While this may be new to you, it’s easy to understand. It’s a disorder that happens when the muscles that provide motion to your jaw move involuntarily. The way that they move causes you either to grind your teeth or to clench them. Since this happens without you realizing it and it happens frequently, it can damage your teeth! The good news here? When you keep scheduling dental checkups twice a year, we can identify this issue and treat it before damage occurs. As for your stress: Do what you can to manage it!

Manage Stress For Smile Protection

Remember to seek out ways to manage your stress, so you can better protect your smile. Remember, as well, to schedule dental checkups with our friendly team, so we can help monitor your grin and offer essential care. Contact Absolute Dental Care today in Virginia Beach, VA to schedule a visit by calling (757) 428-7440. We proudly welcome patients Virginia Beach and all surrounding communities.