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Aspire Dental- Best of Portland
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Managing Stress to Reduce Bruxism
Bruxism is more common in people who are incredibly stressed out. They clench their teeth together, leaving the teeth and surrounding tissues to pay the price. If you have been struggling with jaw clenching, teeth grinding, or a lot of stress lately, then it may be a good time to think about strategies to cope with stress. Here are a few tips to help you keep your stress levels down.

Schedule What Parts of Your Life You Can
If you create a schedule for the parts of your life that do not often change, you will have more structure and feel like less things are coming up unexpectedly. This lets you plan better, manage time better, and reduce your overall stress. Put what days you know you need to go to the bank or store on the schedule, and plan your trips in the way that makes the most sense for giving yourself a sense of structure.

Evaluate Major Stressors in Your Life
Certain aspects of our lives may cause more stress than others, such as work, health, relationships, or finances. The amount of stress something causes may not always be constant, but if you are noticing a certain part of your life causing more stress lately, it may be time to evaluate that aspect and find ways to manage or avoid that stress.

Protect Your Teeth if You Can't Keep Your Stress Down Yet
One of the more common struggles people face is stress that is out of their hands. If you are currently experiencing this kind of stress, the best strategy is to protect your teeth. If you grind your teeth frequently, contact our office today, and we can discuss fitting you for a mouth guard to protect your teeth from the stress of clenching. This way your teeth stay safe even if life is still stressful.
Should Dark Chocolate Be a Part of Your Diet?
Some research has shown that there are ingredients in dark chocolate that benefit your teeth, but there are some trade-offs to consider. Dark chocolate has less sugar than milk chocolate, but if you eat a full bar of dark chocolate, you are probably eating around 20 grams of sugar in one sitting. In general, added sugar in your diet should not exceed between 25-36 grams, and eating higher amounts of sugar can also contribute to tooth decay in the long-run. While plain dark chocolate is probably a better dessert option than most, it is still best to be enjoyed in moderation to reduce the amount of added sugar in your diet.

Dangers of Chewing on Ice
Ice is one of the more common non-food items people tend to chew on, with some people even having preferences about the type of ice. Chewing on ice is dangerous because it can cause damage to your teeth and the surrounding tissues. If you have a habit of chewing on ice, be sure to discuss this with us at your next appointment and take steps to stop immediately. Each time you chew on ice, your chances of suffering from an injury go up. You could get a broken or cracked tooth, have a sliver of ice go into your gums, or cut the inside of your cheek. While chewing on ice may be satisfying in the short-term, you are risking long-term damage to your smile.

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