January 09, 2023 6 min read


There are several ways that good dental hygiene can improve both physical, oral, and mental health. Let's take a look at some of these ways!

Your mouth can indicate mental health conditions.

Your mouth is connected to your brain. If there's something wrong with the way you chew or talk, it can indicate that there are issues in your mental health. Signs of mental health conditions include:

  • Swollen gums
  • Discolored teeth
  • Tooth decay (cavities) and gum disease (gingivitis)
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Gum disease and mental health issues are connected.

We’re talking about a deep, meaningful relationship that can be traced back to childhood when you were first taught that your teeth and gums are important.

It’s true: if you have gum disease, it can affect your mental health in several ways. It explains that those with gum disease tend to feel more anxious and depressed than people who don’t have the condition. So if you’ve been brushing your teeth for years, but now have an issue with your gums—or if you just recently started brushing regularly—you may find yourself feeling more stressed out than usual as well.

Did you know that gum disease can lead to depression? This affects your oral and mental health. Gum disease and depression are connected in many ways.

The bacteria and viruses that cause gum disease are also found in the mouth, and they can spread to blood vessels and can infect organs.

Gum disease may be a symptom of other mental health issues like anxiety, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, or even autism spectrum disorders (ASD). If your child has one of these conditions, they need to see their doctor immediately so they can get treatment right away before things get worse—and so you don't end up dealing with two problems at once by coming off medications that could make things worse instead.

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Poor oral health can cause depression.

If you're experiencing emotional pain due to your teeth and mouth, it's important to talk to a dentist and find out why. While there are many reasons why this could be happening, one of the most common is gum disease, which causes inflammation of the gums and leads to swelling and bleeding.

Another reason may be tooth decay. The bacteria that live in our mouths contribute to cavities—and if they get too numerous, they'll make you sick or even kill you! So if you notice that you're always getting cavities or other dental problems, it's important to visit a dentist as soon as possible.

To be clear, poor oral health is not the only source of depression. There are many other causes—but if you have untreated oral pain or infection, you may find yourself feeling more depressed.

Poor oral health also increases your risk of developing stress and anxiety disorders. Stress hormones like cortisol can increase the frequency with which you experience Gingival Hyperplasia (an overgrowth around your teeth). These changes in hormone levels can lead to chronic inflammation throughout your body, including in the brain!

Oral health can impact stress levels.

Stress can cause gum disease, tooth decay, and mouth sores. It can also cause bad breath and jaw pain. In addition to these physical effects, stress can lead to headaches, weight gain, or loss (depending on how you handle it), even though we might not think of them as related to our oral health.

Stress can be a real buzzkill when it comes to your health. But did you know that oral health—the way you take care of yourself when you brush, floss, and spit—can impact how stressed out you feel?

That's right! Your mouth is a very sensitive area that can tell you a lot about your overall health and well-being. A healthy mouth means less stress on your body and mind.

So what exactly is going on when we talk about oral health?

Well, first off, it's important to note that your teeth are incredibly important for digestion. If they're not in good shape, all those nutrients will get stuck in the wrong place, which can lead to digestive problems like constipation or even heart disease down the line.

Your teeth also contribute to how much oxygen gets into your bloodstream by filtering out impurities through saliva (which is also where oral bacteria live). This helps keep all of your cells functioning properly—from working muscles to breathing cells to brain cells!

Stress can hurt your oral health.

A lot of people don't realize that stress can affect oral health. Stress can cause you to forget to brush your teeth, which could lead to cavities and tooth decay. When you're stressed, it's easy for you to eat unhealthy foods that are high in sugar or fat—and if you're not careful about what goes into your body when under stress, then those bad habits may stick with you for life.

Stress isn't just about eating poorly—it also affects how much we smoke cigarettes or drink alcohol. When under pressure from work or family problems, some people feel like they need a drink (or two) more often than usual; others might start smoking cigarettes at night after coming home from work because they've been too tired during the day; still others may find that drinking during stressful times makes them feel better overall!

If you're feeling stressed all the time, it could be causing some major issues for your mouth and teeth.

So how do we fix this? It's all about taking things one step at a time: exercise regularly and eat a healthy diet rich in antioxidants like vitamins C and E; drink plenty of water every day (it helps prevent dehydration); try meditation or mindfulness exercises to calm yourself down and keep your mouth healthy

There's a link between diabetes and gum disease.

As a result of diabetes, gum disease can occur. Diabetes is a disease where your body does not produce enough insulin and/or the cells do not respond properly to it. This causes high blood glucose levels (hyperglycemia), which leads to poor circulation in the legs and feet. The lack of circulation causes ulcers on the tongue and mouth, especially if you have sleep apnea or another condition that makes it difficult for you to breathe at night while sleeping.

Gum disease may also be caused by diabetes because a dry mouth increases the risk of cavities in teeth due to diminished saliva production. In addition, chronic inflammation caused by periodontitis (gum infection) reduces blood flow through arteries feeding into your gums, which can lead directly to tissue death if left unchecked.

Good dental hygiene habits will benefit both your body and mind.

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A healthy mouth is a happy mouth.

We know that dental health is something you probably take for granted, but it's very important to your overall well-being. And the good news is that there are some simple things you can do to keep your teeth in tip-top shape—and they don't cost anything!

The first step?  Brush twice each day: once in the morning and once in the evening. Also, floss once every three days, or as soon as you feel plaque build up.

We also recommend getting regular checkups with your dentist—they'll be able to identify any issues sooner rather than later and treat them before they get worse!

Dental hygiene is an important part of both oral health and mental well-being. The benefits of good dental hygiene habits go beyond just the physical aspects, though. You'll also feel better about yourself if you take care of your teeth because it's a sign that you're taking care of yourself in general.

Good dental hygiene means brushing twice daily with fluoride toothpaste (at least) and flossing at least once per day—and maybe even more than once per day! In addition to these steps being essential for preventing cavities, they help keep plaque off our teeth so they stay clean longer too—which means less chance for gum diseases like gingivitis or periodontal disease as well as bad breath!


Overall, it seems like there’s no shortage of interesting connections between oral health and mental health. The more you know about how this affects your body and mind, the better equipped you will be to make smart decisions about dental care.  Click here to see more products to help you make your gums and teeth healthy.


Nancy Wise
Nancy Wise

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