Can Bad Teeth Control Your Mood?

Taking care of our teeth is essential to staying healthy. But what are the consequences if we don’t?


Unhealthy teeth turn yellow and become painful, which ultimately leads to more visits to the dentist, which many of us find so scary.  Most of us underestimate the importance of healthy teeth. Do you want to be happy and successful? The appearance of our teeth is interconnected with our mood. Good teeth can have a huge impact on your mood because they inspire confidence and a willingness to smile more. In addition to this, the latest studies reveal fascinating interconnections between our brain, memory and dental health.  What I like about science is that it’s constantly revealing the secrets behind human nature.


An interesting study was published in the European Journal of Oral Health. It revealed that losing teeth could actually worsen your memory. It found a connection between the number of a person’s teeth and the person’s cognitive abilities. So, it is possible that the lack of teeth among the elderly can be a cause of their poor memory… Previous studies on the connection between teeth and cognitive function were carried out on animals. The results were shocking. The rats whose teeth were pulled out had more problems with memory formation and retention. Scientists say that memories are formed by sensory impulses, which are produced by the movement of the jaw. People without natural teeth produce fewer signals that are sent to the hippo campus.


Our quality of life has an overlooked, but very tangible tie to the quality of our teeth. The way we talk, our confidence and self-esteem can all be influenced heavily by  healthy or unhealthy teeth. Studies show that people consider tooth loss as a major life event! If you are as concerned about your dental health as I am, here is a quick overview of the benefits of having great teeth: Good teeth can make your speech better. Taking care of your dental health helps prevent cancer. Healthy teeth decrease a chance for getting heart related diseases. Reduces stress. Improves your confidence. Improves your mental health. Leads to better mood, overall well-being, and lower symptoms of anxiety.

And if these facts are not enough to convince you to start taking care of your teeth, what else do you need?…really !


Article credit: socialdentalnetwork 

Photo credit: Imperfections Beauty 




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