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Dr. Bicuspid: Poor oral health holds many back from smiling

Dr. Bicuspid – Older U.S. adults agree that smiling makes them feel happier, but many are held back by a self-perpetuating cycle of poor oral and mental health, according to a recent report from Delta Dental. The survey uncovers a negative feedback loop between poor oral health and mouth pain and depression, anxiety, and low self-image.

Delta Dental of California's “2023 Senior Mental and Oral Health Report” surveyed more than 1,000 U.S. adults age 50 and older about their oral health habits and their self-reported indications of mental well-being. The survey showed several possible relationships between oral health and how people feel emotionally, Delta Dental said. 

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