Maintaining good oral health goes beyond regular brushing and flossing. Our mood can have a significant impact on the health of our teeth and gums.

In this blog post for Blue Monday, we'll delve into the surprising connection between low mood and oral health, exploring how our emotional state can influence our oral hygiene habits and mouth health.

Stress and teeth grinding

Chronic stress and low mood often manifest in physical ways, and one common dental consequence is teeth grinding (bruxism). Grinding your teeth can lead to issues such as enamel wear, tooth sensitivity, and even jaw pain.

Exploring stress management techniques, such as mindfulness or meditation, can not only improve your mood but also benefit your oral health by reducing the likelihood of teeth grinding. When those don’t work, then talk to your dentist about having a mouthguard fitted.

Neglecting oral care during low mood

When we're feeling down or overwhelmed, it's not uncommon for self-care routines, including oral hygiene, to take a back seat. Neglecting regular brushing and interdental cleaning can contribute to the development of tooth decay, gum disease, and other dental issues.  Chewing sugar free chewing gum throughout the day can help keep your mouth feeling fresh and fight decay if you don’t have the motivation to brush your teeth. It shouldn’t be treated as a replacement for brushing, but it can help tide you over.

Impact of medications on oral health

Certain medications prescribed for mood disorders or low mood can have side effects that affect oral health. Dry mouth, for example, is a common side effect of many medications and can increase the risk of cavities. Talk to your dentist, doctor, or even your pharmacist, about oral health concerns and seeking solutions to mitigate medication-related effects on the mouth.

The role of nutrition in mood and oral health

Nutrition plays a crucial role in both mental health and oral wellbeing. A diet rich in nutrients not only supports a positive mood but also contributes to strong teeth and healthy gums. Exploring the connection between a balanced diet, mood regulation, and its positive impact on oral health will be discussed in this section.

Seeking professional support

Open communication with healthcare providers allows for a holistic approach to wellbeing, addressing both mental health and oral care needs. Sometimes professional help and support is needed to help low mood, talk to your NHS community mental health team or GP about getting some support with your emotional wellbeing if you feel you need it.


Understanding the intricate relationship between low mood and oral health is essential for maintaining a healthy and happy smile. By prioritising mental wellbeing, adopting stress management techniques, and staying consistent with oral care routines, you can take proactive steps to safeguard both mental health and oral health.