When you suddenly have to juggle extra balls, some are bound to get dropped. Perhaps you are going through a divorce or became the caregiver for an ailing parent. Perhaps you took on a second job or started night school to earn an advanced degree. At Jim Erpenbach DDS in Knoxville TN, we remind you not to ignore your dental health because of stress.
Not every stressor is negative. A new baby, marriage, career, or move can be exciting but overwhelming. Itâ€™s okay – and sometimes helpful – to drop some of the balls. You can probably let another parent take over room mother duties for a few weeks, forego a haircut, or skip poker night until things calm down.
When life hands you extra challenges it is easy to get lax about dental hygiene. Sometimes you feel too exhausted to brush or floss and skip regular check-ups and cleanings. Remember to examine the possible consequences of neglecting your smile.
- Tooth decay
- Gum disease
- Tooth and gum pain
- Bad breath
- Tooth loss
Your plate is already full – you donâ€™t want to add poor oral health and the associated expense and inconvenience required to treat advanced issues.
Let the car go unwashed for a few weeks. Record your favorite show to watch later when things slow down. Postpone that kitchen remodel. But keep your smile healthy – it really will make your life easier, healthier, and happier.
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