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Tax season is now over, which means your stresses can go away, right? It’s possible. While you might have the stresses of tax season off your shoulders, there are other life stresses that can cause you to be on edge. While it might seem impossible to have a stress-free life, you can at least work toward limiting your stress as much as possible. After all, your health is on the line. Let’s take a look at some ways to keep your stress levels down this year.

Time Management

Where is your time management? An important part of eliminating stress in your life is incorporating proper time management. This is a way to find the time for more of the things you want to do, and might need to do. Time management can help you better decide on what is urgent and what can wait—trust us, there are things that can wait and should wait. Learning to manage your time can make all the difference in your life, making your life easier, less stressful and more meaningful.

Assess Your Lifestyle

The choices you make everyday can affect your stress levels, too. While your lifestyle alone might not cause stress, it can prevent your body from recovering from it. When it comes to your lifestyle, try to balance your time between personal, work and family needs.

Your body recovers from the stresses of the day while you are sleeping. But, if your worrying is keeping you from sleeping, try to keep a notepad or your cell phone nearby to record your thoughts in order to help you let it go while you sleep. It is also important to eat a healthy diet and increase your exercise—don’t forget to add these to your day-to-day schedule.

What are Your Stresses?

If you are stressed, try thinking about what might be causing that stress. Management of stress always starts with identification. It may not always be easy, but it will help to think about and draw focus to different areas of your life that you may not be aware are causing you stress. Until you can identify what is causing your stress, you won’t be able to take the next step toward stress relief—so think long and hard.

By combating stress, you can help to prevent TMD and other facial problems that can cause an immense amount of pain. Stress often triggers jaw pain or teeth grinding, which can also lead to headaches and dental pain. Understanding stress and the complications associated will help you lead a healthier, happier life.

Take charge of your life and contact us at Pinnacle Peak Family Dentistry for more information about how stress might negatively affect your oral health, and ways you can limit stress.

It might be the question of the year! So, do you know the answer to this question? Are genes to blame for your tooth decay? It sounds more like an easy way of saying you have bad teeth because your dad or your mom had the same. Think again.

The composition of our oral bacteria when we are very young is influenced by our genetic background. However, as we age that changes based on your diet and oral hygiene. I was reading a recent study that looked at this question a lot closer than I have ever thought of doing.

Tooth decay is a major global health issue that we need to solve somehow–don’t you agree? It’s so bad that up to 90 percent of school-age kids and nearly 100 percent of adults worldwide have cavities–Yuck! This can be from frequent intake of sugars, which leads to an acid environment in the mouth that attacks tooth enamel, leading to the dreaded cavity.

So what can you do? Well, it’s actually quite simple. You must take care of your teeth. While your teeth are initially are affected by your genes, it is actually you that is in charge of their health as you age. Brush and floss daily, watch your sugar intake, maintain a healthy diet and drink a lot of water, but skip the sugary drinks such as pop or certain fruit juices.

And if you have any other questions or need further guidance in ensuring you’re maintaining the best oral care possible, contact Dr. Sara at Pinnacle Peak Family Dentistry. As a dentist in the North Scottsdale area, she is dedicated to ensuring you’re always smiling.

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