It’s almost time for summer fun, but many North Texas students are stressing about final exams. As you prepare for the end of the school year, keep in mind that stress affects your heart, body, head, and dental health. Dr. Ganjoor’s stress test will analyze your coping habits and show you the best way to protect your oral health during finals.
1. You’ve been studying for hours but you just can’t comprehend the information. How should you react?
A. Take a break
B. Grind your teeth
C. Tense your muscles
D. Clench your teeth
2. Your neighbors are having a loud graduation party that’s distracting you from your studies. What should you do?
A. Join the fun
B. Put on headphones
C. Yell at them
D. Tell the dean
3. You’re pulling an all-nighter. What should you eat or drink to stay awake?
A. Sugary snacks
B. Energy drinks
4. A high stress level is associated with which of the following oral conditions?
A. Gum inflammation
B. Worn teeth
C. Canker sores
D. All of the above
Answers and Explanations:
1. A. When you feel overwhelmed, you may unconsciously clench your jaw, grind your teeth, and tense your muscles—all of which contribute to jaw pain, neck pain, headaches, and other painful symptoms. If you suffer from bruxism or TMD, Dr. Ganjoor may recommend therapy, oral appliances, or medications to relax your muscles and alleviate your discomfort. Additionally, exercising, taking a bubble bath, or watching your favorite movie can take your mind off your academics and temporarily relieve your stress.
2. B. Studies show that listening to music can lower your blood pressure, pulse rate, and anxiety. Additionally, headphones can drown out background noise and refocus your concentration.
3. C. Many students rely on junk food and caffeine to stay alert. However, these products contribute to tooth decay, gum disease, enamel erosion, and other dental problems. Water and a healthy diet, on the other hand, will hydrate and strengthen your body throughout the night. Nevertheless, Dr. Ganjoor does not recommend pulling an all-nighter. You need an appropriate amount of sleep to refresh and energize your body, so you can concentrate clearly the next day.
4. D. Hormone changes during stress can inflame your gums. In fact, studies show that the severity of gum disease increases with the amount of tension, negativity, and trauma in your life. Stress may also cause tooth grinding and canker sores.
If you feel stressed, visit Dr. Ganjoor to assess your oral health and relieve your tension. Contact Celina Family Dentistry at (214) 851-0130 to schedule an appointment. We welcome patients from Celina, Prosper, Gunter, Frisco, McKinney, Aubrey, Pilot Point, Anna, and surrounding areas.