Stress in the Workplace

Everyone who ever held a job has, at some point, felt the pressure of work-related stress. Any job can have stressful elements, even if you love what you do. But when work stress becomes chronic, it can be overwhelming – and harmful both physical and emotional health.

Stress is a common cause of health problems and your oral health is no exception. Stress may contribute to teeth grinding, gum disease, dry mouth and canker sores and may also impact your oral health routine and diet – increasing your risk of tooth decay.

Most of us are not in a situation where we can switch jobs. So here are some things to consider for your stressful position: develop healthy responses, establish boundaries, take time to recharge, learn how to relax, talk to your supervisor, get some support.

For oral health, invest in an occlusal guard. Dr. Johns can have a custom made guard made especially for you to take the load off your teeth and jaw from grinding/bruxism. Avoid stressful habits such as smoking, consuming alcohol and eating high sugar foods.

Best advice? Even in a stressful environment where you are may experience pressure to meet a deadline or to fulfill a challenging obligation, find support. Sometimes we find the best support in our co-workers, those fellow employees that are in the trenches day-to-day with you.