Maintaining oral health is a necessity for all people. Your dental hygiene is reflected every time you communicate with someone. Good oral hygiene is also attractive for most people. Also, people tend to look up to a person with a good set of teeth.
Unluckily, you consider yourself not one of these people blessed with a good set of teeth. You tend to obsess over your teeth and gums. You smile in the mirror almost every hour. You try to brush more often, just to see if there will be changes. You get stressed because you want to look better. What should you do to get over oral health-related stress?
Consult Your Periodontist
You could be suffering from gum disease without even realizing it. Notice if your gums are constantly bleeding after brushing or if you have bad breath even after you have brushed your teeth several times. If you answered yes to these questions, then indeed you could be suffering from gum problems.
Your periodontist is the best professional to recommend a plan of action for oral care. Whether it is having your teeth fixed or getting your gums in check, your periodontist has the expertise to do the job.
If you don’t have a periodontist yet, you can scout your in area to look for the best one for you.
If you think that you are already going overboard with stressing over your teeth and gums, you should also decide on going through therapy. Too much stress is not healthy for you.
(Read more about stress and its effects here: https://www.betterhelp.com/advice/stress/.) You tend to overthink when you’re stressed. Stress can interfere with how you live your life. Instead of being happy, you try to withdraw from social situations and events. Thus, stress also affects your relationships and interactions with other people.
Try therapy to find out if you have other underlying causes for your oral health-related stress. It could be that you are also suffering from low self-esteem. You could have also suffered from traumatic incidents in your childhood.
Could it be because people have mocked you because of your gums or crooked teeth? You will get to find out its effects on how you conduct yourself to others. You will be able to get past your self-consciousness with the help of your therapist. Your therapist will work with you to help you learn about your triggers and help you process your past traumatic experiences.
Too much stressing over your teeth and gums may have been wreaking havoc in your life. You may have passed on many opportunities in life because you think you are not good looking enough for it. A worse scenario is that you may have lost some friends because of your bad breath. Both occasions could have broken your self-esteem in half.
More than seeking repair for your teeth, you should also take into consideration your emotional health to be happier and fulfilled in life. Consider therapy as an investment in yourself.