Six-Links-Between-Depression-and-Oral-Health

Depression is a life-threatening disease linked to a range of health issues. Studies increasingly show it is also linked to poor oral health.

Depression can lead to:

  • Neglected oral hygiene
  • Poor nutrition
  • Drug-induced xerostomia (dry-mouth)
  • Avoidance of necessary dental care
  • Increased risk of dangerous dental behaviors
  1. 61% of patients reporting depression also reported an aching mouth and more than half consider their teeth to be in fair or poor condition.
  2. Depression increases the circulating level of cortisol, thus raising the risk that peri­odontal disease will progress.
  3. Depression can lead to temporomandibular disor­ders that cause pain and restrict jaw move­ment.
  4. Depression is partly an “inflammatory” disorder, meaning that inflammations can induce it. Periodontitis causes such inflammation.
  5. Side effects of medicines for depression can increase the risk for caries, periodontal disease, and oral infections. Other side effects may cause tooth damage.
  6. Depression is linked to increased high-risk behaviour (e.g. smoking, alcohol and drug abuse) associated with oral damage.

For more information on the links between depression and oral health, contact Bondi Dental today!