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How Depression Can Impact Your Oral Health?

July 20, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — bestdentalteam @ 2:57 pm

Depressed woman leaning on railThe mouth and body connection involves more than just your general health. Your mental health can also influence your oral health. Cases of anxiety and depression are on the rise, but up to 80% of patients aren’t being treated. Not only can this affect your quality of life, but it can lead to poor dental health. New research has found a connection between depression and tooth loss. Here’s what you need to know to safeguard your smile.

Dental Health and Mental Health

Information published by the West Virginia University of Morgantown reports that depression and anxiety are connected to tooth loss. The information supports previous studies that have found a connection between chronic or complex health conditions and poor oral health. People with various physical and mental health issues can have an increased risk of preventable dental problems that can contribute to missing teeth, like decay and gum disease. 

Adults battling depression don’t always practice good home oral hygiene habits. It’s not uncommon for them to skip routine dental visits, too. As a result, small issues can turn into big problems, which can lead to tooth loss. 

Every Tooth Matters

Missing even one tooth can have lasting consequences for your dental and general health. The underlying bone won’t be stimulated by a root after a tooth is lost, causing it to deteriorate. You can lose up to 25% of your jaw’s density within the first year of missing a tooth, which will continue to progress as more time passes. 

As you lose more bone, your remaining teeth won’t have sufficient support, and they can slowly shift, increasing your risk of cavities, gum disease, and additional tooth loss. Each tooth you lose can make it difficult to chew certain foods. You may eliminate them from your diet, which can lead to nutritional deficiencies. 

Self-esteem is also connected to dental health. People who are embarrassed by the way their teeth look can experience anxiety and depression symptoms in certain situations, like social settings.

Commit to Healthy Teeth and Gums

It’s best to maintain a good oral hygiene routine. Brush your teeth for at least 2 minutes twice daily, or after every meal if you’re doing more snacking. Floss every day and use a daily mouthwash.

Don’t forget to visit your dentist every 6 months for a cleaning and checkup. They’ll create the personalized plan you need to keep your teeth and gums healthy.

About Dr. Jed M. Koops

Dr. Koops earned his dental degree from Case Western Reserve University and has regularly pursued continuing education in advanced services, like dental implants. He can perform the entire process in-house. Dr. Koops is affiliated with many professional organizations, including the American Dental Association and the American Academy of Implant Dentistry. Schedule an appointment through our website or call (216) 284-5468.

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