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Mental Health Awareness Week - 13th - 19th May 2024

As the UK celebrates Mental Health Awareness week, here at CTL Dental are very much supporting it too!

As a team, we think its very important for people who may be struggling to be aware that there's people there for them to talk to, should they need it.

Some of us have had first hand experiences and very much advocate the push for awareness, as it can effect anyone and everyone, regardless of what they've been through.

What is Mental Health, and how does it effect me?

According to the Mind Charity website, every year 1 in 4 of us will experience mental health problems. (That means it would be at least 2 of us from our staff!) . Even if you don't directly experience problems yourself, you might know someone who has, and continues to suffer.

Dental health problems can impact a person's quality of life and negatively impact mental health For example:
  • When a person has poor oral health, it can impact their eating, speech and self-esteem and lead to reduced social interactions, further harming mental well-being.

  • Many people, including people with mental health conditions, have anxiety associated with dental care and procedures and avoid needed care, but chronic oral pain can contribute to poor mental health and make treating mental health conditions more difficult.

  • Symptoms of mental illnesses can contribute to poor nutrition which in turn contributes to poor dental health.

  • People with mental illness, particularly those experiencing symptoms of serious mental illness, may have difficulty maintaining an effective daily dental care routine and accessing needed dental treatment.

Alot of people suffer with anxiety when it comes to visiting the dentist - you are not alone! It's more common than you think, and here at CTL, are here to help you overcome your fears. We will always explain everything to you, and happy to help you as much as we can along the way.

All you need to do is let a member of staff know that you're nervous and we'll do what we can to make you feel at ease. We have the option of music or stress balls in surgery, and some people even bring in their own music and headphones!

Did you know?

Dentophobia is a fear of the dentist in general, but then Odontophobia is specifically related to the fear of dental treatment

If you have any questions, or are worried about any treatment coming up with us, or even don't understand something we've said and it's making you feel anxious, let us know and we'll do what we can you make you feel at ease and we'll be more than happy to explain things in a way that will help you.

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