The link between dental care and mental health has not been studying much – however it bears looking into. To be sure – and let me clarify – when I talk about this connection I am not talking about being stressed out and having a bad day because your tooth hurts. This is bad no doubt. No – what I am talking about is the psychological impacts of deep teeth issues that may not be entirely visible to the patient.
What many people may not know is that interestingly enough – our gums are actually intricately connected to the brain – it is a small part of soft tissues – part of a small group called the arakmaditas that is close to the brain – a very small and exclusive group. So the question is – how does our diet affect our overall mood when it comes to just the teeth – and how important is teeth care really?
You will find that tooth care is extremely important – and there would be no dentist that would disagree with you – but you would be equally surprised that it has an affect on the brain that you may not even be aware of.
The study of the link between dental care and mental health is unfortunately a very new field.
When it comes to mental health especially in Australia you will find a high suicide rate amongst men – actually this is not exclusive to Australia only. Everywhere in the Western world the male suicide rate is much higher than women. When we look at the diets of men and women that may give us a clue – but a big potential factor is the way both sexes are raised as well as their natural proclivities to certain behavioural patterns and activities.
Men are taught and trained to not talk about their feelings as much as women – all though how much of this is nature and how much is nurture is something to be debated. What is important is to continue to research this gap – find out if there are any links between gum disease and men’s diets and women’s – and continue working to ensure that every member of society is able to enjoy a happy life.
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Since the beginning of time people have been obsessed with exotic herbs and medicines. Chinese medicine has placed a big foot in the West – and it’s understandable – especially for people desperate for a cure and unable to find it in Western medicines.
Many times people may suffer mentally – and we all know about the power of the mind – and how powerful it can be in helping us heal. Since the Western world still knows very little about the mind we must not find it difficult to understand why people go towards exotic solutions.
From witch doctors and shamans to herbs from the furthest reaches of the Earth – there is great belief in the esoteric healing power that comes from thousands of years of learning. Of course the question is – these antidotes that are found through the old world’s with doctors – are they really backed up by any science – or is the majority of their help based on the placebo effect.
It is true that the placebo effect plays a large part in recovery – however it is also unfair to attribute the placebo effect to those that live in the olden world and dismiss it in the Western world. The many posters and certificates of achievement, university degrees that hang on the walls of doctors is more than enough to create a placebo effect in the patient – the doctor knows this to some extent and would not encourage against it. The entire Western treatment system lends itself to the placebo effect just as much as the Eastern world.
So the only thing that can be looked at is high volume studies on what works for people and what doesn’t. After all we have to look at the recovery rates of people under different treatments and see which ones work best. The challenge though is that the Eastern way of medicine focuses on a holistic approach to health while the Western approach looks at only being able to heal someone without looking at other parts of their life.
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