I’ve added a new link to the Resources page today and I want to share a blog from that website with ya here.
Disclaimer: As always, I am not in any way a professional in this field nor is this some sort of paid promotion, it’s just a resource you can choose to read or not read.
When we talk about mental health we can often neglect the effects on physical health can have on it – and of one the areas I really don’t see talked about very much is oral & dental health.
It’s kind of funny that I was turned to this blog at this time because after having lost my job with dental insurance last summer, this is officially the longest amount of time I have ever gone without being able to see my hygienist for a professional cleaning and it is STRESSING me out so hard. Every time I go to brush my teeth or floss and my gums bleed a little, I immediately freak out and think somehow over the course of the last year I’ve developed gum disease or a slew of cavities because I’m just not used to not being able to visit the dentist.
A standard cleaning here in Canada costs about $200 uninsured last I checked and that’s just not the kind of cash an unemployed musician like myself has on hand. Every few days I tell myself I’m going to have to bite the bullet and just charge a visit to my ever-growing credit card which just adds more and more stress to my life – and how do I deal with that stress? Well, I still don’t drink or smoke weed, but hell if I wont reach for the chips and chocolates… which then strip away at the enamel on my teeth and oh my god the cycle is starting all over again!
But enough about me.
Byte.com is a dental health organization that caters to U.S and Australian residents focusing on aligners and veneers but also features some great information like this blog that I want to share today: Your Smile & Mental Health: The Connection Between Mental & Oral Health.
Here are a couple exerts from the piece:
Did you guys know all that?! I didn’t, but it makes total sense especially when I contextualize it with my own experience.
There are loads of benefits associated with just the simple act of smiling, but you’re not going to be too eager to do that if you’re feeling overly self conscious about those less-than-pearly-whites.
If you’re looking for more information and want to take control of your oral health, take a poke around Byte.com to learn more.