Schneider: The biting truth about dental and mental health

Alonzo Osche

By Dr. Heather Schneider

Most people are well-versed in the primary enemies of good oral health: plaque, acid and poor brushing or flossing routines — However, there are more devious and sneaky enemies among us, now more than ever. Stress, anxiety and depression can all take a toll on your teeth and gums.

Each of these mental health issues has been shown to clearly impact your oral health. Here is a look at how each one might dim your smile, as well as tools to combat them.

Stress

Let’s start with the one we’ve all dealt with

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