It’s no surprise the World Health Organisation’s World Mental Health Day is on our radar here at Rhiwbina Dental – after all, so much of what we do has an emotional and psychological impact on our patients. From boosting your self-esteem to improving your long-term health prospects, a healthy smile is as important as a healthy body when it comes to the benefits to your mental health.
The impact a healthy smile can have on your confidence is not to be underestimated. When your teeth and gums are kept dentally fit, you won’t experience any pain or discomfort, and you won’t be at risk of problems that will lead to invasive treatment, or even tooth loss. Whether we treat a patient cosmetically – for whitening, say – or we take the time to help them establish a great oral hygiene routine, perhaps after years of neglect, we take enormous pride and pleasure in seeing the confidence boost our care can bring.
Did you know that there is a proven link between oral hygiene and chronic health conditions? Gum disease, which sets in when oral health is neglected and ultimately leads to tooth loss, is believed to be a contributing factor to heart disease, Type 2 diabetes and some cancers. Maintaining a healthy smile isn’t just about how attractive it looks – it’s part and parcel of a long-term approach to wellness.
Quality of life
As implant dentists, we derive great satisfaction from treating patients whose quality of life has been compromised by failing teeth or badly fitting dentures. The impact of this can creep up on you slowly – you begin to smile only with your mouth closed; speak less for fear of a denture slippage; forego certain foods on a restaurant menu; and put up with daily discomfort or pain. Bad teeth can be detrimental to your quality of life.
Of course, a healthy smile is just one element that contributes to your physical and mental wellbeing. Staying active, eating well, caring for others, talking about your feelings – it all plays a role in a healthy lifestyle that makes you feel grounded and happy. Check out the Mental Health Foundation’s top tips for living well, a great jumping-off point for discovering more about looking after your mental health. And of course, if the state of your smile is part of the problem, we can help with that; simply give us a call today.