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Did you know that your mental health can affect your oral health? It’s easy to understand how brushing, flossing, and regular check-ups keep your teeth and gums healthy. However, you might not realize that your emotional well-being can also affect your teeth and gums. Chronic stress, depression, and anxiety can affect oral health in various ways, and it’s essential to consider mental health in oral health care. Keep reading to learn more about the connection between mental health and oral health.
Stress and anxiety are common mental health challenges that affect many people globally. Stress can make your heart rate increase, breathing shallow, and blood pressure spike, leading to clenching and grinding of teeth. When an excess amount of the stress hormone cortisol is found in the mouth, you’re more susceptible to chronic diseases, including gum disease.2 It has also been proven to contribute to:
Mental illnesses impact your mood, thoughts, and behaviors. A diagnosed or undiagnosed mental illness can cause a lack of motivation, including in caring for your oral and overall health and well-being.
Depression and anxiety are commonly associated with several oral health issues, including gum disease, tooth decay and teeth grinding. Consistent teeth grinding caused by stress and anxiety can lead to damaged teeth and even tooth loss in severe cases.3 People with severe mental illness are also more likely to have periodontal disease.4
When managing a mental illness, caring for your oral health may seem more difficult. You can protect your mental and oral health by taking the following steps:
When you’re facing mental and oral health issues, there’s help to be found. Don’t hesitate to reach out to your dentist, physician, and/or mental health professional to get the care you need.
You can make a difference in your well-being. Diet, sleep, and exercise routines are associated with improved physical and mental health.6 Follow a positive, manageable daily schedule, so you can keep your oral and overall health on track.
6Haines, J., McDonald, J., O’Brien, A., Sherry, B., Bottino, C., Scmidt, M.E., Taveras, E.M. (2013) Healthy habits, happy homes: randomized trial to improve household routines among pre-school-aged children. JAMA Pediatrics, 167,1072-1090.
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