The holiday season is upon us, and this can mean a stressful few weeks for many of our patients. Coordinating the buying of gifts, spending time with friends and family, and even the worry of what to do with children during their vacation if you have to work, can all cause feelings of being overwhelmed. Headaches are common for many people. While some of these headaches are tension related, others can be caused by bruxism, or teeth grinding. If your headaches are accompanied by facial pain or TMJ, you may want to consider visiting Dr. Whitmore and his team to find out how to avoid or correct any issues with your bite that can be the result of stress.
Time to Slow Down
It’s hard to tell people to slow down during the holiday season. There are places to go, things to do, and a tight timeline in which to get everything done. However, this is also a time when it is important to take care of yourself, too. Find time to exercise, do yoga, or simply unwind by watching TV or reading a book to help with stress. Maybe you already have strategies to deal with stress. Pay attention to what your mind and body need. While it’s tempting, avoid overindulging in sweets – remember your oral health is as important as your physical health!
If you notice symptoms such as popping or pain in your jaw, clenching or grinding your teeth, pain in your neck and shoulders, or migraine-like headaches, you may have a problem with your bite. A bad bite can affect your stress level, no matter the time of year, but the symptoms can be exacerbated when you are running full tilt. A bad bite should be addressed at your earliest convenience, and Dr. Whitmore can give you a bite balance evaluation and consult with you on ways to fix it.
If it is discovered that you suffer from temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ), Dr. Whitmore and his team have innovative solutions to reduce or completely eliminate pain.
We all know it’s a stressful time of year for many people. The key is to recognize what is causing the stress, try to find ways to relax, and take care of any health issues that may be a result of stress. The holidays will come and go, and those headaches might diminish. However, if you believe it might be more than simply tension, we can help.
If your holiday stress has manifested into actual jaw pain, contact Janet or Rachel at Whitmore Dental to arrange a consultation by calling Whitmore Dental at 877-779-4486. We are conveniently located at 5932 West Parker Road, Suite 600, Plano, TX 75093.