Your heart is strong. The muscles that make up this amazing organ have a huge job to do pumping blood through your body. From the time we’re in our mother’s womb, up until our last breath on earth, we rely on our hearts. No wonder, then, that doctors play close attention to the health of the hearts of their patients. The Temecula dentists at the Oasis Family Dental would like to have a heart-to-heart with you about the relationship between stress, your heart, and your teeth.
Stress in Relation to Dental Health
Bruxism is the clinical term for teeth grinding, which is well known to relate to stress. When you’re overly stressed out, many parts of your body may become highly tense, including your jaw. If you’re clenching your teeth, and possibly grinding them, you’re liable to wear down your tooth enamel. You need that hard outer shell on your teeth to stay intact and protect you from cavities. If you think you’re afflicted with bruxism from over stress, schedule an appointment with your general dentist for some possible solutions such as a customized mouthguard.
A Relaxed Heart is a Healthy Heart
Not enough research has definitively proven that stress, itself, can be the direct catalyst for a heart attack. However, stress is a definite factor in the overall health of your heart. Hypertension, sometimes thought of as a silent killer, is a definite precursor to heart attacks and strokes. Stress is indeed a precursor to hypertension. So even if high blood pressure links the two, there’s no doubt that stress affects your heart. Trying different ways to manage your stress can keep your blood pressure lower, and your heart healthier. Visit your general physician for checkups regularly so that you can be sure your blood pressure is in a healthy range.
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Are you overdue for a dental checkup? We offer the latest in available dental technology to our patients. Contact our 92591 dentist office by calling (951) 695-2290 to schedule a consultation today. We proudly serve Temecula and surrounding communities.