At Frankel Dentistry, we not only prioritize your oral health but also understand the important connection between mental well-being and oral health.

May is mental health monthAs we celebrate the month of May, which is dedicated to Mental Health Awareness, we want to shed light on the relationship between mental health and oral health.

Mental health and oral health are interconnected in more ways than you might think. Research has shown that poor mental health can contribute to oral health problems, and vice versa.

Stress and Oral Health: Stress can manifest in various ways, one of which is teeth grinding or clenching, also known as bruxism. Bruxism can lead to tooth wear, jaw pain, headaches, and other dental issues. Managing stress is crucial for both your mental well-being and oral health.

Depression and Neglecting Oral Care: Depression can affect motivation, energy levels, and self-care habits. It may lead to neglecting oral hygiene routines, resulting in increased plaque buildup, gum disease, and dental decay. Maintaining good oral hygiene practices even during challenging times is vital.

Tips for Maintaining Mental Health and Oral Health:

Mental health tips posterPractice Good Oral Hygiene: Maintain a regular oral care routine consisting of brushing twice a day, flossing daily, and using mouthwash. A healthy mouth promotes a healthy body.

Manage Stress: Find healthy ways to manage stress, such as practicing relaxation techniques, engaging in physical activity, or seeking professional support. Stress reduction can positively impact your oral health.

Eat a Balanced Diet: A nutritious diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, and dairy products provides essential vitamins and minerals for both mental and oral health. Limit sugary snacks and beverages that can harm your teeth.

Exercise Regularly: Physical activity releases endorphins, which are known to boost mood and reduce stress. Regular exercise supports mental health and overall well-being.

Get Quality Sleep: Quality sleep is vital for mental health and allows your body to repair and restore itself. It also contributes to optimal oral health by promoting healthy saliva production, which helps protect teeth against decay.

It’s okay to ask for help: If you’re experiencing persistent symptoms of stress, anxiety, or depression, don’t hesitate to seek help from mental health professionals. They can provide appropriate guidance and support.

At Frankel Dentistry, we are committed to not only providing excellent dental care but also supporting your mental well-being. Remember to maintain good oral hygiene practices, manage stress, and seek professional support when needed. Your mental health and smile deserve the utmost care.

Due for a cleaning or a dental visit? Call today to schedule with us. We want to help you care for your oral health and overall well being. A healthy mouth promotes a healthy body!