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!