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The holiday season can bring jolly and cheer for many, but it can also bring stress for others. Unfortunately, stress can affect the smile and oral health. This is why our dentist, Dr. Robert Horowitz, strongly encourages you to keep your smile in mind this holiday season so you can maintain a top-notch oral health. Some stress-related dental problems to look out for include:

-Teeth grinding: This is also called bruxism. This occurs when you are stressed to the point that you clench your jaw and grind your teeth. It often occurs at night and the signs to look for include flat teeth and worn-down tooth enamel.

-Jaw pain: This has a lot to do with the teeth grinding habit. This is because when you grind your teeth, you clench your jaws. The tension in the jaw joints can cause pain and discomfort. Some symptoms to look for include clicking in the joint or trouble opening the mouth.

-Canker sores: These mouth ulcers are quite inconvenient and annoying, but they’re not dangerous or contagious. They just appear in the mouth when there is an oral injury (like accidentally biting the cheek) or when you are stressed.

Do you have any questions about how stress can affect your oral health in Scarsdale, New York? If so, our dental team is more than happy to help you! All you need to do is contact Robert A. Horowitz, DDS at 914-529-4136 and we will be thrilled to give you the answers and information you need.