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The Connection Between Our Dental Health and Mental Health

There’s no question that our physical health can affect our mental health. The reverse is also true, especially when it comes to our dental health and mental health. The look, feel and functionality of our smiles have a great impact on and can be heavily impacted by our emotional well-being.

We already know our oral health is connected to our sinuses, heart, stomach, and lungs, which means there is also a connection to the brain. Our professionals with Cornerstone Dental of Lincoln Square will break down this connection as well as a few simple ways you can improve both your smile and your well-being overall.

How Can My Dental Health Affect My Mental Health?

As much as you might want to show off your smile, you might be afraid to do so due to crooked or stained teeth. In turn, this can have a significant impact on your self-esteem and contribute to feeling depressed.

In addition to the aesthetic appeal of our teeth, numerous studies have linked moderate dental problems to psychological disorders. Tooth decay, gum disease, the waiting time between major dental surgeries, and their recovery times can all lead to the development of anxiety and depression.

Early intervention of dental problems can ease the symptoms of these disorders, but not much can be done to prevent patients from experiencing long waiting and recovery times. Much like a patient undergoing surgery or treatment for a chronic health condition, we advise patients to seek mental health services to cope with how their dental health is affecting them.

Not only can this help speed up the recovery process for you, but it can help you learn to deal with any new physical or dental problems you might face in the future.

If you’re looking to schedule dental implants or a cosmetic dental treatment in Chicago, look no further than Cornerstone Dental of Lincoln Square. Our staff takes a comprehensive yet careful approach to ensure your goals and dental needs are met.

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