Cultivating A Pain-Free Holiday

While you might not really ever expect it, sometimes pain becomes part of busy times like the holidays. You’re not sure exactly why or what to do but you get through the day and then you forget about it by the next year (until it happens all over again). For instance, maybe you often find that you have headaches on Christmas! Perhaps you realize your mild tooth sensitivity becomes serious sensitivity on celebratory days. What’s happening and what can you do about it? When you think about some of the oral health explanations our Southlake, TX team comes up with for you, it will likely start to make sense! Consider easy recommendations to avoid pain, so your holiday is nothing but merry and bright!

Give Yourself Some Breathing Room

First and foremost, if you often stress even in happy situations, you are likely someone who also expresses stress as muscle tension. Does this sound like you? If so, then you may notice you end up with a tight sore jaw, neck pain, and even headaches during times like Christmas. Why is this happening, you wonder? Well, it sounds like you may be clenching your teeth and stressing your jaw joints. The tighter you clench, the more your TMJs (jaw joints) have to absorb the pressure. They become tired and uncomfortable and then the muscles that surround them start to ache (this can move out as far as your shoulders, neck, face, head, etc.). So, the answer? Plan ahead. Find a way to give yourself space to relax, count to 10, chill out, take a nap, breathe in some fresh air. The choice is yours. Relax those muscles (then see us to discuss oral health treatment when your holiday is through).

See Us Soon For Bruxism Treatment

Is your main complaint that you notice your teeth tend to feel extremely sensitive over the holidays (though you are aware they are already frequently sensitive)? You may have bruxism disorder. This is an oral health issue that affects your teeth, jaws, and more. It’s chronic and involuntary, which means it happens a lot and you might not know you’re doing it. It includes clenching and grinding. Stress, caffeine, and more can make it worse, so holiday time might increase the problem. See us for bruxism treatment soon! Over the holiday, refer to the aforementioned suggestion and do your best to relax.

See Us For Prevention In 2019

Don’t forget to get your dental care visits set up with us for the new year, so you can experience oral health that lasts! Schedule care with your Southlake, TX dentist today by calling Gregory Wright, DDS at (817) 481-7999. We gladly serve patients from Southlake, Grapevine, Keller, Trophy Club, Colleyville, and surrounding areas.