Are you feeling stress due to the current COVID-19 pandemic? This is a completely natural reaction however, unmanaged stress can negatively influence several aspects of your life, including your oral health! Your Vero Beach dentist lists five stress-related bad habits to look out for and what you can do to keep your smile healthy.

1.) Brushing Too Hard

Stress and anxiety can sometimes cause people to brush with too forcefully. This can scratch away enamel and make your teeth weak.

2.) Teeth Grinding and Clenching at Night

Sometimes stress can show up in the form of clenching and grinding teeth in your sleep. This can cause headaches, jaw soreness and achy teeth. If you find you are doing this, contact our office and if we diagnose it as such we can create a custom nightguard to protect your pearly whites.

3.) Chewing on Hard Objects

Do you chew on objects when you’re stressed or anxious? Chewing on hard items like fingernails and ice wears down your teeth and increases their risk of breakage. To curb this habit, try eating a piece of sugarless gum instead.

4.) Eating – Chomp, Chomp, Chomp

Stress can lead to stress-eating. This can increase your chance of cavities. Try to limit your eating to mealtimes and follow any extra snacking with plenty of water.

5.) Slacking Off on Your Dental Routine

It is essential to continue practicing regular at-home oral hygiene to prevent oral health issues like gum disease and tooth decay. Maintaining a routine can even help retain a sense of normalcy.