oral health and acne


If you’re struggling with acne and feel like you’ve tried everything, from the expensive face, washes to high-end facial toners to overnight spot treatments, there’s a chance that the issue may be your oral health. We know, we know, sounds a little crazy, right? Surprisingly enough, the two can be linked!


Most people don’t know that the condition of their teeth and gums has a significant impact on their overall health and face! How is this possible? Studies have shown that the bad bacteria from an abscessed (infected) tooth or gum disease can get onto your face and cause skin irritation and breakouts. While not every case of acne is caused by poor dental health, it is something to keep in mind.


Pimples that cluster on your lower cheeks, around your lips, and on your chin often indicate that poor dental hygiene, a cavity, or gingivitis are contributing to your facial inflammation. In addition to access to your skin via the bloodstream, since these areas are close to your mouth, it’s easy for the bacteria to directly reach them and wreak havoc. To prevent oral bacteria from getting on your face, make sure to wash your face AFTER you brush your teeth. By washing your face after brushing, you are sure to remove any acne-causing particles that dripped onto your chin or around your mouth while you brushed your teeth!


If you believe your acne is linked to your oral health, get into a better dental hygiene routine by brushing twice a day for two minutes each, brushing your tongue every day, flossing daily, and using a fluoridated mouthwash. If this doesn’t improve your acne, come visit us for a professional dental cleaning and checkup. Dr. Amal Kharbouch can detect if you have gum disease, cavities, or tooth infection that may be causing your breakouts. If left untreated, these issues won’t only cause pimples—they can negatively affect the health of your heart, lungs, and other parts of your body. By visiting our Carrboro dental practice, you can get back to enjoying a flawless, selfie-ready face and a healthy, beautiful smile!

Can Poor Oral Hygiene Cause Acne?

Your oral hygiene and health have an impact far beyond just your teeth and gums. Not only does research show a link between gum disease and heart disease, but it also suggests a connection between your oral health and clear skin. If you’ve been struggling with acne that just won’t go away, there’s a chance that oral bacteria may be the culprit!

The Link Between Healthy Teeth and Clear Skin

If the thought of healthy pearly whites is not enough to motivate you to practice good oral hygiene, maybe this will encourage you: studies show that oral bacteria from an infected tooth or gums can get onto your face, irritating your skin and causing you to break out. Research suggests that if your acne is clustered around your chin, lips, or cheeks, this may be a sign that poor oral hygiene is the cause.

You can limit the number of bad bacteria in your mouth by following a good dental hygiene routine. Brush your teeth twice daily for two minutes each time, floss each day, and visit our office regularly for professional cleanings and exams. When it comes to brushing teeth and washing your face, order matters. Be sure you’re washing your face after you brush your teeth to clean away any bacteria from your mouth that may get onto your face as a result of brushing.

If you’re wondering if your oral health may be to blame for your acne, schedule a professional cleaning at our office. Dr. Amal Kharbouch and our team will carefully examine your mouth and note any problem areas that may be behind your skin issues. Treating your skin may be as simple as addressing your oral health.

To ask our team any questions about the link between oral hygiene and acne or to schedule your next visit to our office, contact us today!




We love our patients and love to help them form healthy dental life that will last them a lifetime. For more information call us to answer all of your questions so get an appointment today.