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Can Your Oral Health Affect Your Mental Health?

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The health of your smile is an essential part of your overall health. Studies show connections between oral health, brain health, heart health, and more. What about your mental health?

How Oral Health & Mental Health Impact Each Other

Oral health and mental health have a close relationship. When people struggle with things like anxiety and depression, basic self-care and hygiene can be hard. Daily brushing and flossing often take a backseat. Anxiety, depression, and other mental health issues can also make it challenging to keep up with routine dental cleanings. You may be more vulnerable to cavities and gum disease.

What about oral health’s effect on mental health? If you’re not happy with your smile, it can have a big impact on your life. You may feel embarrassed and avoid smiling, eating with others, or meeting new people. This social isolation makes many people more vulnerable to anxiety and depression. If you have tooth stains, crooked teeth, or missing teeth, you’re also more likely to have low self-esteem, which affects every area of your life.

How Good Oral Health Helps Your Mental Health

Addressing issues like cavities, bad breath, stains, and crooked teeth can boost a person’s confidence. You may feel more comfortable in social settings and form relationships that improve your mental health! Good self-esteem also helps you step outside your comfort zone and pursue things you may have been too anxious about before.

Maintain Great Oral Health at Queensboro Plaza Dental Care in Long Island City, NY

At our office, Dr. Nguyen and the team understand how important oral health is for your overall health, including your mental health! We offer a range of services including preventive dentistry, restorative dentistry, and cosmetic dentistry. If you have any questions or want to schedule an appointment, please reach out today!

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Patient Reviews

Karoline PammerKaroline Pammer
20:52 30 Mar 22
Dr. Nguyen and his staff are extremely competent, friendly and professional. He is very thorough and explains everything very clearly. Finally I feel like I am in good hands when it comes to dental care.
Matt SmithMatt Smith
21:18 05 Feb 22
Great overall experience getting a dental cleaning. Very friendly staff, beautifully designed office, and a comfortable experience watching calming Netflix nature programming while in the chair. Complimentary beverages are in the waiting room and so is a little play area for kids.It felt to me that this was a patient-focused family practice as opposed to a cold, corporate dental mill trying to churn through as many patients as possible.I’ll definitely be coming back here for all my dental needs and I highly recommend.
Sundup SherpaSundup Sherpa
22:07 02 Feb 22
Dr. Nguyen and his staff are very welcoming and they provide an excellent experience every time I visit. I’ve only been here twice for annual checkups but would definitely consider and recommend this place to anyone who appreciates good customer experience and a very thoughtful approach to making sure that you feel at home. I have some procedures set up for later in the month and I must actually be the only person in the world actually looking forward to a dentist appointment.
Jayrockem GottemJayrockem Gottem
21:27 09 Nov 21
Great place wonderful staff they will be my go too dentist 100%
shawaf alishawaf ali
22:08 26 Aug 21
Very confident after leaving the office that my teeth are in greatttt hands. Above and beyond patient care. Very informative visits. A sense that they genuinely care about patient concerns. Added helpful guidelines I took home with me to reach dental hygiene goals before my next visits. Highly recommended you leave your old scary dentist ! 😁😁
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