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Are you stressed this holiday season? If so, you need to keep your smile and oral health in mind. This is because stress can affect your teeth and gums in more ways than you might realize. So, as you enjoy the holidays and deal with your stress, make sure to put special attention on your smile so you can maintain a top-notch oral health this Thanksgiving, Christmas, and new year. To do so, our dentist, Dr. James Hargas, encourages you to keep an eye out for these stress-related dental issues:

-Jaw pain: It’s common to clench the jaw when you’re stressed. This can cause tension in the jaw joints and pain because the joints aren’t used to the pressure. Some symptoms to look for include clicking or soreness in the jaw joint and even trouble opening the mouth.

-Teeth grinding: This is also called bruxism. This occurs when you are so stressed that you clench your jaw and grind your teeth. It typically happens at night and the signs to look for are worn-down tooth enamel and flat teeth.

-Canker sores: Canker sores are ulcers that form in the mouth when you are stressed. They can be quite painful and irritating, but they’re not contagious, dangerous, or anything to worry about.

Call Oceanview Dental today at 760.433.0393 if you have any questions or if you would like to know more about how stress can affect your smile in Oceanside, California. Our dental team will be more than happy to hear from and help you, so please feel free to contact us at your earliest convenience!