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Dental Hygiene Patient Wellbeing
15/01/2019

Wellbeing: How Oral Health Can Impact Our Emotions

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The cultural phenomenon that is characterised as ‘wellbeing’ is a modern take on an ancient concern. The Greek philosophers talked about the concept of Eudaimonia - the state of human flourishing - that has much in common with modern psychological accounts of wellbeing. Humans are happiest when their actions have more positive effects than negative effects on themselves and their social groupings. The importance of diet and exercise to our wellbeing have been much discussed, and oral health is emerging as an important barometer of wellbeing. 

How Our Wellbeing Can Impact Our Oral Health

Depression and anxiety can be the root cause of poor oral health. 

  • Depression. A depressed person may experience feelings of low self-worth. In such a mind-state, it is possible to fall into a poor oral hygiene routine. A depressed person may not see the point in cleaning their teeth because they are not valuing themselves.
  • Anxiety. A trip to the dentist can be an anxiety-provoking experience for some people. Especially those who have had a negative experience in the past. 

At Glow Dentistry, we are ready to listen to your concerns and offer help and reassurance. We can prescribe pain relief and mild sedation to patients who are anxious about a procedure. A good oral hygiene routine can even help to improve your emotional wellbeing.

How Oral Health Can Impact Wellbeing

We have seen how depression can lead to poor oral health. This can be the start of a vicious cycle. People can become ashamed of their teeth and less inclined to laugh, talk and socialise - worsening their depression and lowering their sense of self-worth. We have helped patients to break out of this cycle by improving their oral health, replacing rotten teeth with implants and introducing them to simple and effective home oral hygiene techniques. 

If you would like to know more about any of the treatments offered at Glow Dentistry, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. We offer a FREE consultation on procedures such as implants and teeth straightening using invisible retainers. Call our Hampstead Clinic on: 020 7433 3252 or email any questions to info@glowdentistry.co.uk.

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