We live in a world nowadays where there are so many of “seemingly perfect people online”.
Whether that be the best figure, amazing clothes, a dream home?
We cannot help but look, see, and compare…and most times desire.
But what is important in life? Similarly, if the last year has taught us anything it is to be fit and healthy alongside mental wellness.
Mental health can come in many forms for people. We all have a struggle, each person battles their own stresses no matter how big or small, it is all relevant to that individual.
People do not often put seeing a dentist as a priority for being both physically and mentally healthy, but we really do have a part to play in both cases.
It has always been proved to us that if people are happy in their appearance, then they feel better all-round no matter what that is.
Sometimes just doing something different to your hair or putting on a smart shirt can lift your mood.
One incredibly significant moment for a patient many years ago was the time their new smile “changed their life”. Having suffered from agoraphobia and depression for years, they were given a big boost in being able to move forwards by having their teeth fixed. They had a smile they were proud of and wanted to show off.
To witness such an instant change was amazing.
Having had very crooked teeth myself, not being able to smile properly, I then decided that I too needed that boost, so I had adult braces placed and I have never looked back.
I can confirm a good smile really does give you confidence.
From this moment onwards it became very evident that what we can do as dentists is more than just fillings.
However, to feel good on the outside you first must be well on the inside.
Most people do not equate the importance of your oral wellbeing in relation to your physical health.
Why is there a connection between my oral health and overall health?
As with all areas of the body, your mouth contains bacteria, we all have them and they are mostly harmless.
However, your mouth is the gateway to your digestive and respiratory tracts, and some of these bacteria can cause disease.
Therefore, coupled with the body’s natural defences it is vital to have good oral health care such as daily brushing and flossing to help keep bacteria under control.
If you do not have proper oral hygiene the bacteria can reach levels that might lead to oral infections, tooth decay, and gum disease. Gum disease can lead directly to tooth loss.
Studies suggest that if you have other underlying health conditions then having poor oral health is a greater risk to your wellbeing.
Therefore, it is vital to see your dentist and hygienist every 6 months or thereabouts to be able to monitor your wellbeing.
If you neglect your oral care, you are at a higher risk of complications with your physical health.
Sadly, these connections are often never made or truly understood by many people.
All too often we hear: “Well, I am not having any problems, so I do not need to go to the dentist”.
That is not how it works with teeth and gums, the problems are there all the time, we just need to work on prevention over cure.
Always follow your dentist’s advice and have regular dental check-ups whilst at home, maintain a high level of self-care.