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How Mental Health Can Impact Your Dental Health

Tuesday - May 28th, 2024
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Life gets busy so it’s easy to overlook the connection between our mental well-being and oral health. According to research, our mental state can significantly impact our teeth and gum health. This is why practicing mindfulness not only reduces stress and improves our mental health, but can also boost your dental health!

Reducing Stress for a Healthier Smile

As you may already know, our bodies react physically to stress. During these times, our bodies create higher levels of hormones which can lead to inflammation throughout the body including our mouths. Inflammation is a contributor to gum disease and other oral health issues. You can reduce stress and your risk of inflammation by practicing techniques such as deep breathing, meditation, or yoga.

The Effects of Dental Anxiety

Many people experience anxiety when visiting the dentist. Unfortunately, this fear becomes an excuse for not visiting the dentist. Avoiding regular check-ups and cleanings can have serious consequences since minor dental issues that are left untreated can grow into major problems. Address your dental anxiety by practicing mindfulness. By taking control of your oral health and making your routine dental visits, you ensure you receive the care you need to maintain a healthy smile.

Teeth Grinding and Jaw Clenching

Stress and anxiety can cause teeth grinding and jaw clenching. These bad habits will wear down your teeth, cause jaw pain, and lead to other dental problems. Practicing mindfulness can help you notice these habits and relax your jaw muscles, reducing damage.

The Holistic Approach to Dental Health

By taking a holistic approach to dental health, you consider the interconnectedness of our mental, physical, and oral well-being. Practicing mindfulness can help enhance our overall health while reducing the risk of developing other dental problems. We’re not only reducing our stress but taking proactive steps for our mind, body, spirit, and oral health.

At Bright Now! Dental, we understand the importance of this connection. Book an appointment with us and we’ll help you with your dental health. During times of stress, remember to take a moment to breathe deeply, relax, and smile – your mind and smile will thank you.