Lifestyle has a big impact on both oral and overall health. Dental diseases, tooth sensitivity and tooth loss, can all have a considerable impact on self-esteem, nutrition and health throughout life. Tooth decay in childhood can result in pain, sleep problems, time off school, poor self-esteem and speech problems. In older people, extensive tooth loss may limit intake of healthy foods, impair nutrition and increase the risk of chronic diseases (WHO 2017). Looking after your oral health benefits your general health, wellbeing and quality of life. The NHS website offers tips on lifestyle and oral health.
Due to the impact of lifestyle on oral health, we have broken this down into four categories below -diet, alcohol, smoking and drugs. These are not exhaustive, however, aim to give you an overview of how lifestyle can impact your oral health. If you have any questions, please contact us.