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Dental Health can affect mental wellbeing

24 October 2022

Can you remember the last toothache?

Having a toothache can be all encompassing. It makes concentration near impossible, and it also can be dangerous. Your attention can wander, and it is difficult to keep your mind on the job.

Driving a vehicle or working around heavy machinery can be terminal, stay focused. The obvious action is to get to a dentist as quick as possible, there are medications that can deaden the pain however be aware that the same medication should not be taken if you are around machinery or driving a car.

Prevention is much easier to swallow than finding yourself with severe pain and lack of concentration. Here are a few pointers:

  • Visit your dentist for a check-up and clean by a dental hygienist annually.
  • Clean and floss your teeth twice a day.
  • Reduce your sugar intake.
  • Red wine can discolour your teeth. If drinking red wine in the evening be sure to gargle a glass of water 30 minutes before you give your teeth a thorough cleaning and flossing.
  • Head to your dentist at the first sign of a toothache.
  • Realise that toothaches can be dangerous for your concentration and can affect your attention span. Be careful and stay in the moment.
  • Early diagnosis usually results in more conservative treatments. This saves time and money in the future. Total preventative care involves education about simple and effective preventative treatments.
  • Ask your dentist for dietary advice to help maintain a healthy mouth.
  • Having a confident smile can have a positive effect on your mental health. Taking preventative steps with your teeth will save you money and also can maintain good mental wellbeing. Self-responsibility means taking action for your best outcome, you are the captain of your ship, just do it!
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