Your mouth is a window into your body and minds overall health. As the world becomes more conscious about the seriousness of mental health, our understanding of the causes and how to stop them are being realised. One of those causes is oral hygiene. Simply out: if your mouth is in a bad shape, your mind won’t be either. We’ve gathered a few ways oral health can affect your mental health and how we can keep you on the right track.
We understand that chronic bad breath can be disastrous for a healthy state of mind. Self-esteem and confidence can take a hit if your breath isn’t as fresh as it could be. Maintaining a high standard of oral hygiene with regular brushing and flossing routines can revitalise your breath and improve your self-confidence.
Mouth ulcers, otherwise known as canker sores, can be a symptom and cause of bad mental health. Their development can often be the result of frequent stress and anxiety. On the other hand, their frustratingly painful persistence can cause depression when left. We recommend changing your diet to less acidic or spicy foods, while also using appropriate antimicrobial mouthwash.
If you’re avoiding the dentist through anxiety, the end results for your mind can leave you significantly worse off. Many of us can push down a twinge of pain in our teeth or endure unnecessary aching purely through procrastination. If you’re starting to feel some pain, making a trip to the dentist is always worth it. Leaving things too long can seriously affect your mental health and ability to focus on things that really matter.
As previously mentioned, bad breath is never good for your self-confidence. On top of that, the appearance of your smile can also cause your self-esteem to suffer. Whether it’s smoking or a bad diet, yellowing teeth can have multiple causes. Make sure your brushing routine is up to scratch and try experimenting with different toothpastes to see which one is most effective. Our teeth whitening procedures are also an effective way to combat yellowing.
If you feel your mental health is taking the hit from your bad oral hygiene, we’ve got good news – you and your dentist can sort it out. With commitment to a strict brushing routine and regular visits to the dentist, there’s always something we can do to improve your overall well being.