Dental Health can affect Mental Wellbeing


Dental Health can affect Mental Health

Can you remember the last tooth ache? (ouch!!!) Having a tooth ache 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:

  1. Annually visit your dentist for a check-up and clean by a dental hygienist.

  2. Clean and floss your teeth twice a day.

  3. Reduce sugar intake.

  4. If you are 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. Red wine can discolor teeth. This discoloration happens because red wine contains acids, tannin, and natural dyes, all of which can leave the teeth etched and stained.

  5. With the first sign of tooth ache get to your dentist as soon as possible.

  6. Realise that tooth ache can be dangerous for your concentration and it will affect your attention span. Be careful and stay in the moment.

  7. 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.

  8. Ask your dentist for dietary advice to help maintain a healthy mouth.

Having a confident smile can have a positive affect 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!