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The connection between oral health and mental health

A radiant smile isn’t just about aesthetics. It’s a window into our overall health. While we often associate oral care with pearly whites and fresh breath, recent research shows a link between oral health and mental well-being. As we celebrate Mental Health Month this May, let’s explore how maintaining a healthy mouth can positively impact our minds.

The mind-mouth connection

Oral health isn’t isolated from the rest of our body. When we neglect our teeth and gums, it can lead to inflammation and infection. These oral issues trigger an immune response, releasing inflammatory markers that affect our brain chemistry.

Research suggests that chronic gum disease (periodontitis) is associated with higher stress levels and anxiety. Inflammation in the gums may contribute to an overactive stress response, affecting our mental state.

The oral microbiome (the community of bacteria in our mouth) influences our gut microbiome. Studies indicate that imbalances in the oral microbiome can impact our gut health, affecting mood and cognition. A healthy mouth contributes to a balanced gut-brain connection.

Oral health and mental health issues

Studies have shown a correlation between mental health and oral health. One study revealed that poor mental health is linked to unmet oral health needs, while good mental health is associated with more frequent dental visits.

Self-esteem and confidence

A bright smile boosts self-esteem and confidence. When we feel good about our appearance, it positively impacts our mental outlook. According to the American Psychiatric Association, dental issues such as missing teeth or bad breath can lead to social anxiety and withdrawal. Addressing these concerns through proper oral care can enhance our emotional well-being.

What Delta Dental’s plans offer

Dental insurance plays a critical role in oral health. It’s not just about routine check-ups; it’s an investment in overall health. Dental coverage ensures timely preventive care, reducing the risk of oral health problems that may exacerbate mental health issues.

Delta Dental’s network of providers ensures convenient access for enrollees. Finding a dentist becomes hassle-free. When selling plans, highlight the ease of scheduling appointments and locating nearby clinics.

Delta Dental's plans also cover diagnostic and preventative services with low to no out-of-pocket costs for members when using an in-network dentist.


Value-added benefits

There are other benefits your clients can take advantage of, including:

  • Virtual dentistry: PPO plan enrollees can consult dentists virtually by sending images or video to a dentist.
  • Clear aligner therapy: Invisalign® and SureSmile® treatments are included at no extra cost.
  • No missing tooth exclusions: Teeth lost before coverage are still eligible for benefits.

A healthy smile isn’t just about aesthetics—it’s a reflection of our well-being. Let’s prioritize oral health and nurture our minds in the process.